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What if I don't change my struts?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:55 pm    Post subject:  What if I don't change my struts? Reply with quote

2003 LS.

260,000 miles.

Original factory struts.

I am thinking about switching them out because they are quite overdue for a change but what happens if I don't?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It will just keep riding worse and eventually will bottom out very easily

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I need to replace at least the front struts on my Intrigue soon. If I hit a dip in the highway, the car will bounce up and down for quite a while before settling out. Honestly, I'm more concerned about the mounts failing, but what bothers me the most is the incessant squeaking I get whenever the suspension shifts.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I need to replace at least the front struts on my Intrigue soon. If I hit a dip in the highway, the car will bounce up and down for quite a while before settling out. Honestly, I'm more concerned about the mounts failing, but what bothers me the most is the incessant squeaking I get whenever the suspension shifts.


No MVI where you live? That a big a$$ fail here.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Nope. That being said, my POS Intrigue is better than half of the other things that are on the road down here and I intend on taking care of it this spring.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The struts are shot on my Regal, but they pass inspection in NY as long as they are not leaking..

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

They wouldn't even check that in the inspection here

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

So back to the original topic.. changing them would help protect from bottoming out but what else? Comfort of the ride aside, why do I need to replace them?

Are the rears struts as well or just shocks?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ride comfort is the best way to sum it up. I had blown struts on my Monte Carlo and replaced them and it was like a new car. If you plan on keeping the car for a while, it's worth doing.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Ride comfort is the best way to sum it up. I had blown struts on my Monte Carlo and replaced them and it was like a new car. If you plan on keeping the car for a while, it's worth doing.


300,000 is my goal. I just wanted to make sure I wouldnt blow the car up by not replacing them. With 260,000 on the factory ones I dont even know what the car would feel like by swapping them with new ones.

But with a nice tax return this year due to not adjusting anything after having a kid I have some spending money coming to me. I still dont want to get a new car, I want to keep the Impala going until it blows up on me on the highway.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Eventually it may start to cup your tires which will give you a vibration at city speeds.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:16 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I got a pair of KYB Quick Struts new in box lying around for sale. $150.00 for the pair. You will have to pick them up or send UPS to come get them.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

LordJezo wrote:
So back to the original topic.. changing them would help protect from bottoming out but what else? Comfort of the ride aside, why do I need to replace them?

Are the rears struts as well or just shocks?


Your struts have little to do with ride comfort. Spring rate is what mostly determine ride softness or firmness. Struts/shocks are dampners which are meant to stop the bouncing effect that springs have, as well as keep the tire planted to the ground by reducing upward force when you hit a bump in the road. Struts can affect your tire wear significantly and can affect your stopping distances, especially in a panic or hard stop, ensuring that during your stop, your tire stays planted on the road. If you go with firmer struts than factory (most aftermarket struts will be firmer) those can affect your ride to a degree which is why people always think of struts as controlling your ride comfort even though it is mostly springs. My agx struts ride horribly in my opinion, even on a soft setting, but that is mostly because I took of Sensatracs that do have a design that makes the ride softer during normal driving and the kybs don't.

With that being said, at an odo of 260000 I would buy those kyb quick struts or the monroe quick struts, changing out the strut, mount, rubber seat and springs all at once. Over time, your springs will affect your alignment by allowing the vehicle to sag, affecting tire wear and changing your normal angles. Of course, you might like the way your vehicle rides slightly lower with sagging springs... Very Happy

Btw, the rears are struts also.

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