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This is a fairly common question among vehicle owners. Even though the term struts and shocks are often used interchangeably and they do the same basic job (damping the movement of the spring and stopping oscillation and bounce), they are not the same thing. A vehicle will have either a shock or a strut at each wheel, never both.

The major difference between shocks and struts is that a strut is a structural part of the vehicle’s suspension system where a shock is not. A strut is a crucial part of the steering system and greatly affects alignment angles. Struts are part of the car’s overall suspension system to support the weight of the vehicle and ensure a smooth ride.

So how often do struts need to be replaced? Like many other automobile parts and systems, shocks and struts have a specific maintenance schedule. They both wear down slowly over time as the miles add up and can have a significant negative impact on car axles. Auto experts say that generally they should be replaced between every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the wear and tear they have received.

When struts wear down, the steering and handling of your car are affected. Here are a few signs that it’s time to replace either strut:

  • Hydraulic fluid will start leaking out from one or more of the struts.
  • The car keeps bouncing after pushing the hood of the car down by hand, or after driving over bumps on the road.
  • Your car bottoms out (the bottom of the car dips close to the ground or touches the ground after hitting a bump).
  • Excessive or uneven tire wear--high and low spot patterns on the tire and bouncing of the wheels on the road.

The life span of struts (and shocks) will depend on your driving patterns. If you consistently travel over bumpy streets and harsh road conditions, then they will need to be replaced more often than if you only commute a short distance every day.

Wondering how often do struts need to be replaced? Contact our ASE-certified technicians at Rebel Automotive for more information about shocks, struts, and car axles and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop serves vehicle owners in Henderson, NV, Las Vegas, NV, and North Las Vegas, NV.

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Wondering how often do struts need to be replaced? Ask your auto repair technician for advice about car struts and how they affect car axles.
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2019

This is a fairly common question among vehicle owners. Even though the term struts and shocks are often used interchangeably and they do the same basic job (damping the movement of the spring and stopping oscillation and bounce), they are not the same thing. A vehicle will have either a shock or a strut at each wheel, never both.

The major difference between shocks and struts is that a strut is a structural part of the vehicle’s suspension system where a shock is not. A strut is a crucial part of the steering system and greatly affects alignment angles. Struts are part of the car’s overall suspension system to support the weight of the vehicle and ensure a smooth ride.

So how often do struts need to be replaced? Like many other automobile parts and systems, shocks and struts have a specific maintenance schedule. They both wear down slowly over time as the miles add up and can have a significant negative impact on car axles. Auto experts say that generally they should be replaced between every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the wear and tear they have received.

When struts wear down, the steering and handling of your car are affected. Here are a few signs that it’s time to replace either strut:

  • Hydraulic fluid will start leaking out from one or more of the struts.
  • The car keeps bouncing after pushing the hood of the car down by hand, or after driving over bumps on the road.
  • Your car bottoms out (the bottom of the car dips close to the ground or touches the ground after hitting a bump).
  • Excessive or uneven tire wear--high and low spot patterns on the tire and bouncing of the wheels on the road.

The life span of struts (and shocks) will depend on your driving patterns. If you consistently travel over bumpy streets and harsh road conditions, then they will need to be replaced more often than if you only commute a short distance every day.

Wondering how often do struts need to be replaced? Contact our ASE-certified technicians at Rebel Automotive for more information about shocks, struts, and car axles and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop serves vehicle owners in Henderson, NV, Las Vegas, NV, and North Las Vegas, NV.

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