Shocks & Struts Q&A

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Is it required to replace both shock absorbers or struts if only one is bad?

It’s usually recommended to replace them in pairs, both front struts or both rear shocks because a new shock absorber will absorb road bumps better than the old one, but it’s not required. If you replace only one shock absorber, it may create an “unevenness” from side to side when driving over bumps. However, if your car is a newer model replacing only one strut or shock absorber may be enough since the opposite side is most likely still good.

Should you replace all four struts/shock absorbers at the same time?

It is only necessary if they are all bad. If your truck or SUV has four old shock absorbers and you want your vehicle to have a bit smoother ride, why not replace them all the same time since they are not very expensive to replace.

Do coil springs or strut mounts need to be changed when replacing the struts?

If the springs or the struts mounts are in good shape it is not necessary to replace them and they can be re-used with new struts. With older vehicles it is recommended to replace the strut mounts too for they are also known to fail.

 

Do sway bar links (stabilizer bar links) need to be replaced with the struts?

Not typically, but in some vehicles, sway bar links are connected to the struts and a sway bar link must be removed to replace the strut. The nut that holds the sway bar link sometimes seizes up, making it almost impossible to remove without damaging the link. In these rare cases, replacing the sway bar link will be required and fortunately they are not very expensive.

Replacing struts involves removing coil springs that are under high tension and is very dangerous to be done at home as a DIY project. It’s best to trust this job to Bill Tyson Auto Repair because we have special spring compressor tools that can safely assemble or disassemble a loaded strut. Replacing shock absorbers is less expensiveand in most vehicles a wheel alignment is not necessary when the shock absorber is replaced. At Bill Tyson Auto Repair we can use original manufacturer parts or save you money with deep discounts using top quality aftermarket parts. Either way they’re backed with the best warranties in the business.

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