Most of the components in your suspension system are designed to wear over time, allowing them to take the abuse from bumps in the road. This means that various suspension components will need to be replaced at specific intervals to keep your vehicle riding smoothly. Today, we will look at how often your struts need to be replaced and the signs of failing struts.
How Long Do Struts Last?
Most shocks and struts will last 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on what type of struts and shock it is and what type of driving you do. Cheaper replacement shocks will only last for a short time as premium upgrades such as GSP AdvantEdge shocks. These shocks have been built for a factory fit and finish but with higher-end components for longer-lasting durability.
The type of roads you will be driving on will greatly affect how long your struts last. For those who travel along rougher roads, you will experience shorter life from your shocks and struts. For those who do mainly highway travel, you might see a longer life from your shocks.
How Do I Know If I Need To Replace My Struts?
Knowing the warning signs of a failing strut will allow you to get it replaced before it becomes a bigger problem. Neglecting a bad strut can cause larger suspension issues that can cause more damage to your vehicle.
A few of the symptoms of a failing strut will include:
Clunking Noises When Driving Over Bumps
Car Has A Noticeably Bumpier Ride
The Front End Feels Like It “Floats” While Driving
Tire Tread Is Wearing Unevenly
Visually inspecting your struts will allow you to check for any physical damage or leaks that could cause issues with your suspension. When struts leak, they lose hydraulic fluid that is used to absorb the shock from bumps in the road. A leaking shock is a sure sign that you will need to replace it as soon as possible. Any dents or large damage to a strut are signs that it needs to be replaced as well.
What Happens If I Don't Replace My Struts?
If you fail to replace a failing shock, you risk damaging other suspension components, such as your ball joints, tie rods, and steering rack. You will also increase the wear on your tires, causing them to wear more quickly or unevenly. You can also experience an uncomfortable ride, reduced brake performance, and decreased acceleration.
Do I Have To Replace My Springs At The Same Time?
If you have a MacPhearson setup, where the spring is attached to the strut, you will have a little more labor involved in replacing your strut. Since you do not technically have to replace the spring simultaneously, your mechanic will have to remove the full assembly, compress it, remove it, and transfer it to the new strut. With a GSP AdvantEdge strut assembly, you will get an upgraded strut and a new spring in a ready-to-bolt-in assembly for easy, hassle-free installation. This will allow you to get the job done quicker and easier.