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Old 06-23-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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bad struts?

Hello, I was wondering at what mileage do you have to replace the front struts on a 2009 SES with 42,500 miles. I am asking because when getting quotes on my bad end links the shop I went to first told me that I needed front struts also because the right one had a oil leaking from it however the place I had the end links replaced said there doesn't seem to be a problem and that the oil was very minimal and that it passed the driving test and bounce test. I also did the bounce test and they seem fine and no leaks on ground. Thanks for any input everyone. Chris from Chicago.


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Old 06-23-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Monroe says 50,000 but it all depends on how you drive and road condition. As long as it isn't bouncing all over the place you're fine but replacing could still make a huge difference. Ive had SVT suspension on my ZX3 for well over 50,000 and still feels and drive great.
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Fluid leakage is not a guaranteed sign that the shock/strut has failed. In fact Bilstein states on their website that some leakage is to be expected. It just comes down to the matter of how much leakage there is. Stock shocks should be replaced at 50 to 60K miles. Sooner if they were used under harsh conditions (extended dirt road use).
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I would replace just because of a little fluid leakage. Keep and eye on them and replace when the dampening does not work well anymore.
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Sorry, meant to write I would not replace just because of a little fluid leakage.
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Thanks everyone for your replies to my strut question. I bounced on the bumper again and when I release the front hardly bounces, maybe once or 1 1/2. I think like u guys said I should be fine, I'll just keep an eye on them. When I do replace them do u have any suggestions? I don't want to spend too much but I also do.t want anything too cheap. Thanks and I just got on here this month but I got to say this is very helpful to someone like me who doesn't know that much about cars but the basics. Thanks to everybody that have replied to my various questions so far! Chris from Chicago
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Unfortunately the old bounce test doesn't work on modern gas filled shocks so don't rely on it. For an OE replacement shock, the best is probably the KYB GR2 (aka KYB Excel). It's a quality shock (better than stock) and available at reasonable prices. If you're interested in a little more performance at a budget friendly price look at the Koni Strt's.
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