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Is a leaking front strut dangerous?

Is a leaking front strut dangerous?

Your car should always be steady and stable. When your struts are leaking this will cause the car’s stability to be off kilter due to the lack of hydraulic fluid that absorbs bumps and turns which can cause the vehicle to roll or be thrown off the road.

Why does my car have a bad strut assembly?

Typically this is an indication of front end alignment that is faulty, however the issue is typically caused by a strut assembly that has worn out. If you take your vehicle to the local ASE certified mechanic to have the front end alignment checked, the majority of the time a broken strut will be the cause.

Where are the front struts on a car?

The front struts on your car, truck, and SUV are mounted to the front-end of your vehicle. They assist in the operation of steering, braking, and accelerating.

How often should front suspension and struts be inspected?

Have your struts and suspension inspected every 25,000 miles or when you notice premature tire wear. Most automotive mechanics suggest having the front suspension components inspected every 25,000 to 30,000 miles.

Why is oil leaking from my shock strut?

Every strut and shock contains oil. Over time the shock’s piston seal can wear slightly, allowing some oil to “weep” past the piston seal. This leaking strut or shock will have a small moist area on the exterior of the unit down from the piston seal area.

What happens if one of your front struts leaks?

If one of the your front struts is leaking you need two new front struts, and you need them ASAP. Driving with a leaking strut will cause excess and abnormal tire wear. It’s entirely possible the strut could have been damaged from the crash based on leaking at only 53k miles.

What does the strut mean on a car?

(Sometimes the term strut refers to the shock absorber portion only, but other times the term is used to denote the entire assembly including the spring). The spring, which is almost always a coil spring (in other words, one shaped like a spiral), supports the weight of the vehicle and absorbs large bumps.

What makes a noise when a strut is replaced?

The insulating material density changes over time and the mount pivot bearings wear. Other suspension and steering components often cause noises that the shocks/struts get blamed for: Ball joints, sway bar bushings & links are common causes.

How long do front struts last after a car crash?

There’s no way to know if the struts were damaged in the crash or if they just started leaking last week. There is also no “how long do they usually last.” Too many variables. Struts should always be replaced in pairs. A front pair or a rear pair.

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Ruth Doyle