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Old 02-26-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Average Lifespan of 08-11 Struts

If any 08-11 owners have replaced their struts based on need rather than want, how much use did you get out of them? A relative mileage would be helpful, as well as driving conditions. I started to notice a squeaking or squishing type noise today, especially when going over speed bumps. I know the typical symptoms of struts needing to be replaced, but wasn't sure how long our components typically lasted. I'm about to turn 60,000 miles and I currently drive about 95% city. When I first got the car and before I moved here, I drove about 90% highway. I'm planning on lowering my car anyways and this would give me a good excuse. It would go relatively unnoticed by the missus if I just tell her they were worn out and needed to be replaced.


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Old 02-26-2014, 06:05 PM   #2
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Then they need to be replaced ;)

In all reality it has many amounts of factors my car is coming up on 70K miles and mine still are fine. Depends on road conditions, driver, tires, alignment, ect.
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If I were to pick a number, it would be 45K.
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Coming up on 60, ken block'd for 40k (live on a dirt road, mostly highway though). Zero problems, starting to fell more sway when i push it in corners though.

Friend desperately needed them swapped by 80k. Not sure how he drove though.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:24 PM   #5
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i am at 38k and mine need to be replaced. Granted, i am driving on italian roads for 3 years now.... and they are extremely horrible on cars.
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They aren't making the noise anymore, must have been the weather and temperature. They definitely aren't as tight anymore as when I first got the car, hopefully will be lowering soon.
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I have 140k miles on mine, and I think its really time to replace them. No noises at all, but the car is starting to feel sloppy. It dives when I brake, and rolls when I turn.

I just noticed this thread, but I posted another thread of my own earlier asking for recommendations on what brand to go with for replacements.
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Sqeaking and squishing is probably the sway bar bushings reacting to temperature changes. You can lube these with graphite as they are rubber and should not be exposed to petroleum based lubricants.

Typically, a suspension's life span under normal conditions is approximately 80k miles. Unique conditions such as damaged road surfaces, dirt roads, driving the car with heavy loads, etc... can heavily influence the life span. If you're unsure you can always check for fluids on the shock/struts. If they leak then they need replaced.
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I use silicone lube as an alternative to graphite.

The squeaking could be the damn ebrake cable rubbing too, for me sounded like it was the front bushings on the suspension arms but it was definitely the ebrake cable. Someone said there's a clip that may need to be flipped around closer to the front of the car to resolve my particular issue.
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What options do we have? I was looking at kyb's website and cross referenced part numbers and it looks like 2007 are the same front strut part numbers. Does that mean the ford racing kit will work on our gen? I'm mostly looking for a kit. Not anything crazy like the h&r cup kit.
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