old strut vs. new strut
I changed the struts on my 2000 Maxima because one of them had completely failed. This was the good one which still had oil in it; the bad one made horrible scratching noises and clanked around.
Do you know when it's time to change worn shocks and struts?
Shocks and struts rank among your vehicle's most important safety components. They work in concert with your tires, brakes and steering system to provide three critical handling characteristics -- steering, stopping and stability. Watch this video to learn more.
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Problems Caused by Worn Out Struts - Subaru Impreza RB5
Struts are one of the most important parts of a vehicle's suspension. They ensure a smooth ride over bumps and surface imperfections and isolate occupants of the car from the road. Struts also ensure the car handles well around corners and keeps the car stable under acceleration and braking.
Worn out struts can cause poor handling. When struts become worn beyond their useful life, they will not control the weight of the car as well during cornering. The result is increased body roll (the tipping motion of the vehicle) during cornering and a less stable feeling from the suspension and steering. If the struts are worn enough, this can be potentially dangerous, as the vehicle will not be as stable and easy to control as necessary.
Clunking and Banging
Worn out struts may also cause the suspension to clunk and bang. If the struts are blown out from excessive use, they may rattle and clunk during driving. This will become more pronounced over bumpy sections of road.
garageexeter.com - Jeff Moor's Garage Exeter
Would you know your shocks are in bad shape?
Shocks and struts help hold your tires against the road, so your brakes and steering system can do their jobs. Worn units can cause unwanted weight transfer and allow a dangerous phenomenon known as "wheel hop," which can dramatically affect your steering, stopping and stability. Learn more by watching this video.
Do You Know the Symptoms of Worn Shocks:
How to: Disassemble/re-assemble a strut and test if it's good.
In this video I show how to disassemble and re-assemble a strut and how to test if the shock absorber is good.
The strut featured in this video is from a 93 Honda Del Sol. The techniques used in this video is applicable to all 92-95 Honda Civic, 93-95 Honda Del Sol and possibly other make, model and year struts(also known as a damper).
Struts can sometimes be a little scary. That is unless you have the right equipment. They are really pretty simple for the most part. However be sure to use a spring compressor. Here is an example on a Honda. Other vehicles will be basically the same
Do you know the Symptoms of Worn Shocks?
The first one is easy -- take a look at your odometer. If you have more than 50,000 miles...and haven't already replaced your shocks and struts...ask your service provider to perform a comprehensive inspection of your "Safety Triangle" system. Learn more about other symptoms of worn shocks by watching this video.
Do You Know the Symptoms of Worn Tires:
How to tell if your sway bar bushings are bad
Did my whole front end besides shocks and the sway bar bushings/end links, and still had a nasty clunk. Never thought to check the sway bar until I saw it almost dangling when my wheel was turned in the driveway.
Next week im doing all the shocks, and this thing is seriously gonna ride like new!
Removing The Front Strut - AutoZone Car Care
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Shock-Strut-Front/_/N-8oxxw In the third installment of the AutoZone Complete Car Care - Shocks and Struts Series, Bruce Bonebrake shows you how to remove the front strut with step-by-step instructions.
Get everything you need to do the job right at http://www.autozone.com
How does a Bilstein Shock Absorber work?
Ever wonder how a Bilstein works? In this classic video from our archives, Director of Marketing Kevin O'Keefe clearly explains the construction and performance advantages of our monotube design. Join us at http://www.facebook.com/bilsteinUS to stay up-to-date with our latest racing and product news!