Originally Posted by silsurf
I was having the tires rotated at "discount tires" and they said the hydraulics are gone in the shocks. To me the ride seems pretty good, I did not notice and significant change in the feel or handling recently.
Sounds like this guess was right: "you go to a chain store and they are trying to UPSELL you a grand worth of stuff you probably don't need?"
There is no profit in oil changes and tire rotations.
Guess where profit is generated at (most) chain stores.....(and sadly, many other shops too, indy and dealer alike.)
Like I said before, someone had better be able to prove
they are needed before I would buy a darn thing.
Follow the money: 50,000 mile strut replacement recommendations come from the people that profit the most. Not the car manufacturer.
The struts used nowadays can last a quarter million miles for some people.
Some need them quite early OTOH.
There is no mile interval for replacement written in your maintenance section of your owners manual.
This ain't the 60s anymore.
I really doubt anyone will be able to prove they are needed this early in life. Not saying it's impossible, just really improbable.
Tips & Warnings
- 1 Test-drive the vehicle a bumpy road. Listen for noises of the struts bottoming out. Loud clunking noises when going over small to medium bumps may indicate weakness in the struts.
Another aspect you'd be looking for is the handling of the vehicle going over the bumps. Is the bounce travel prolonged after striking the bumps? This test is not a confirmation that the struts are the actual culprit, but can certainly be contributing to the problem.
- 2 Jounce the suspension in the front or rear, or both. Place a knee and your body weight onto the bumper, bounce onto it and let it go. Watch the suspension, and determine how many times you can make it bounce after you're done jouncing it. More than two bounces indicates weakened suspension components. Also on this test, watch for side-to-side movement, as one strut on the same axle may be weaker than the other. This would be indicative of your vehicle leaning slightly to one side.
- 3 Inspect the struts visually, and even touch the towers of the struts. Look for leaking oily liquid, or caked-on dirt and grime from the roads that have caked onto the oily liquid. This would be indicative of leaking struts, and although you cannot ascertain how much hydraulic oil remains intact inside the strut, you cannot stop the leaking from occurring without replacing the struts.
- Struts and any other suspension component should always be replaced in sets on the same axle to optimize the safety and suspension in your vehicle.