How Do I Know My Car Needs New Struts?

How Do I Know My Car Needs New Struts?

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 technicians at 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!
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