How to tell if shocks or struts are bad?
The Warning Signs Of Worn Shocks And Struts
- Instability at highway speeds.
- Vehicle “tips” to one side in turns.
- The front end dives more than expected during hard braking.
- Rear-end squat during acceleration.
- Tires bouncing excessively.
- Unusual tire wear.
- Leaking fluid on the exterior of shocks or struts.
How to tell when struts are bad?
How to know when to Replace struts?
What Are the Signs that My Vehicle Needs New Shocks or Struts?
- Bumpy ride. The most obvious sign of a problem with your shocks or struts is that your car is giving you a much more uncomfortable ride than normal.
- Steering problems.
- Braking problems.
- Fluid leaks.
- Unusual tire tread wear.
Is there a quick way to replace struts?
They get worn out with use and sometimes will break if you’ve gone over some particularly bumpy terrain, resulting in a kind of deep click sound when you turn. Purchasing a quick-strut assembly is the quickest and easiest way to replace the struts yourself. Below, you can learn to remove the old strut and replace a new assembly.
What happens if you remove the center nut on a strut?
Do not remove the center nut or the strut will come apart and it is under high spring tension. Since you’ve removed the bolts from the steering knuckle, the strut might fall loose after you remove these bolts. It might help to have a partner holding onto the strut assembly while you loosen these bolts.
Where are the strut bolts located on a car?
Once the strut bolts are out the strut and steering knuckle are separated. Open the hood and locate the strut towers to remove the bolts. Usually they are located at the midpoint of the inside fender well and look like cylinders. They are most likely held in by three small bolts. Remove the strut tower bolts.
Do you need a compressor to change struts?
It’s recommended that the beginner forego attempts to compress the spring on the old strut using a spring compressor or spring clamps. This method is used to save money by salvaging the old spring and installing it on the new strut, but if you don’t have your own strut compressor, it will run you $700.