One of the most important components to your car are its struts. These
are pieces of metal which allow the car’s suspension system to hold
the body off the ground; without them, the body would fall to the ground
and your suspension would be essentially useless. While these parts do
tend to be pretty durable and rarely fail within their warranty, it is
possible that hitting a bump too hard or excessive rust and wear can cause
them to fail and break. However, if you’re not experienced at recognizing
the symptoms of a broken strut, it can be hard to diagnose.
Warning Signs of Worn Struts
If you are frequently experiencing any of these issues, particularly with
the font end of your car, you could have a damaged, worn, or broken strut
that needs replaced.
Leaking Hydraulic Fluid: If your car appears to be leaking fluid that isn’t oil or water
(and appears to be coming from somewhere near your wheel as opposed to
directly under your car, you may have a broken strut. It may be worth
getting down under the car to check to see if hydraulic fluid is coming
from the strut itself to find out if you need a replacement.
Push on the Car Hood: If your car appears to bounce excessively, then you may need a strut replacement.
An easy way to test this is to push down on the hood of your car (or the
frame beneath the hood of your car and see if it bounces. If the car settles
immediately, then your struts are likely okay. If it bounces one to four
additional times, then you probably have a broken strut. This test also
works while you’re driving: if you hit a bump and the car bounces
a few times, you likely have a broken strut.
Check the Wear on Your Tires: Uneven tire wear can be a tell-tale sign of a broken strut. Tire cupping,
or high and low spots on the tread, can indicate a broken strut that needs
replacement. If your tires sound really noisy, like a basketball bouncing
on the road, you could have a broken strut that is not putting enough
pressure on the tire to keep it on the road.
How Often Should You Replace Your Struts?
Part of being a responsible vehicle owner is to keep up with your preventative
maintenance in order to ensure your car remains functioning at its best.
Replacing your struts should be part of this vehicle maintenance. While
manufacturer recommendations vary between brands, most mechanics suggest
that you change your struts every 60,000-100,000 miles. However, some
mechanics also suggest that you wait until they break in order to replace
them, since they can be an expensive repair, and it’s not uncommon
for a set of struts to last well past the 100,000 mile mark.
If you need to have the struts replaced on your vehicle, the highly-skilled
HP Motorsports can provide you with the highest-quality products from top brands at reasonable
prices. Our Katy automotive performance experts have the experience and
knowledge you need to get the most out of your car, and enjoy the high-speed,
riveting performance it can provide you for years to come.
To learn more, call HP Motorsports toady at (281) 231-9950 and get a
free estimate for your strut service!