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Unread 12-16-2006, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default Anyone know about struts???

So I'm told that I need to replace the struts on my 2004 Camry. The car is not driven hard or anything. Is there any reason to need to replace the struts already? I'm not even sure what they do.... Any tell tale sign that their toast?

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Unread 12-16-2006, 01:49 PM   #2
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most struts should be replaced every 75-100k miles. a quick test to see if they're still good is to push down on the front or rear bumper as hard as you can, then let go. if the car bounces more than two times before stopping then you need new ones. if it bounces twice or less, than they're ok.
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I typically use the push test by actually jumping on the bumber, rocking the car up and down hard, then jump off and see how many times it bounces. If it bounces more than 3 times before stopping, you have worn suspension, and in your case, its the mcpherson struts. Though if it only bounces 2-3, then your struts are still good.
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