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Old 03/12/2009, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do bad struts further damage car?

I got my 3G 2.4L 2001 sporty w/ 43K miles and the struts were pretty much shot then. I don't mind the rough ride so much, but I'm wondering if I'm causing damage to other parts of my car. I have 85K miles now and I had to replace 2 completely shredded engine mounts 9 months ago, and now just had to replace the transmission mount along with some other things. Is that just from driving too rough (going through an interchange at 110), or could it just be from too much vibration and getting knocked around from the worn out struts?
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Old 03/12/2009, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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struts will cause excessive wear on other suspension related parts. They will increase the stop distance while braking so in theory putting extra strain on your brake pads and rotors. Can ruin your tires by causing cupping and choppyness. All of this can put extra strain on your tie rod ends as well as your ball joints
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Old 03/12/2009, 09:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They can also cause broken springs, which can then puncture tire sidewalls.
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Old 04/22/2009, 04:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can the damage to car take place very quickly or is it over time? I have both front and rear strut bars on mine, they are very cheap ebay bars, will they end up damaging my car if I simply use the car for daily commutes, and no street racing?
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Depends on the type of damage. THings like broken springs are immediate, things like tire wear are over time.

Dead struts also can't control the bouncing of springs like they are supposed to, and any aggressive driving cnan be dangerous. You can, honestly and quite literally, hit a bump in the road during a fast corner and literally hop off of it. That quick loss of traction can send you right off into the ditch or oncoming traffic or wherever you happen to be at the time.
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Old 04/24/2009, 12:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes, dead struts can damage other suspension components of your car, like the springs. Also your ride will be bouncy with the struts being dead, so I suggest you replace it to avoid further problems.


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Old 04/24/2009, 10:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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struts will cause excessive wear on other suspension related parts. They will increase the stop distance while braking so in theory putting extra strain on your brake pads and rotors. Can ruin your tires by causing cupping and choppyness. All of this can put extra strain on your tie rod ends as well as your ball joints
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Old 04/28/2009, 11:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Blown struts at 43k? Jesus. Mine are at 98k and still stiff as the day I got the car.
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Old 05/29/2009, 05:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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How long have other peoples' struts lasted? I thought that I read in a post awhile back that 3G factory struts typically crap out at 60k.
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