Updated May 23, 2016
Struts or MacPherson Struts (named after the inventor) wear gradually so most drivers do not notice the difference in ride quality and braking ability. The purpose of the Struts is to keep the tires planted firmly on the road at all times. Properly operating struts improve ride quality, braking distance, the vehicle’s handling characteristics and extend tire life.
Usually around 50,000 to 70,000 miles the struts have significant wear that has happened so gradually the driver has not noticed the difference. Like most slow wear and tear other people riding in your vehicle may notice bumps and swaying you may have become accustomed to.
How do I know my Struts are bad? You can feel it and see it…
- Steering becomes noisy or stiff
- Uneven tire wear, tire treads are worn down
- Lunge forward when braking
- Swaying with sharp turns
- Bumpy ride
The amount of wear and mileage really depends on the driver and road conditions the vehicle is driven on regularly. Driving on uneven roads with potholes day in and day out will quickly wear on your struts. If you’re lucky enough to drive or commute on well maintained roads you may never need to replace your struts. Regardless of where or how you drive, regular inspection and routine maintenance of shocks, struts, and your suspension system is the best way to prevent break downs and major repairs.
Our Techs and Service staff will never make a recommendation they can’t explain and show you. You are welcome to come in the Tech area to see your car and our Techs at work.