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Very basic newbie questions on struts:

1. What are the consequences for postponing the replacement of worn struts and mounts. Any major safety issues, or is it just poor handling and a bouncy ride like an old mattress?

2. How long should new struts last? Probably not 34 years, but more than 10?

Thanks in advance!

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1. What are the consequences for postponing the replacement of worn struts and mounts. Any major safety issues, or is it just poor handling and a bouncy ride like an old mattress?

A. Poor handling and a bouncy ride are safety issues--not to mention that you're gonna cause additional wear in your steering linkage and suspension bushings from all that un-damped movement. And you really don't want the rubber part in the upper strut mounts parting company from the bearings...especially when the car is moving!

2. How long should new struts last? Probably not 34 years, but more than 10?

A. Depends on which brand you buy: A set of KYBs were pretty well shot at 35k miles; a set of Bilstein strut inserts are still going strong at 140k, indistinguishable from another set on my other 02 at 12k. And a set of DeCarbon (they invented gas shocks and licensed Bilstein to make 'em) rear shocks on my '69 have been on the car since 1974. The rubber mounts have worn out and had to be replaced, but the shocks are still fine.

mike

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Thanks, guys, that's helpful. On my car, which I use basically for city driving, the ride and handling are fine, so that I guess what I was asking if one risks a sudden, catastrophic failure, or whether it's a more gradual deterioration. Basically a question of whether I should replace them sometime this Fall or or tomorrow.

On the other hand, I'm not so sure I need new struts on my wife's 2005 Toyota, as one garage told her. But that's a question for another forum.

Cheers,

Hugh

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