Your struts should last for 4 to 5 years or 50,000 to 100,000 miles, but every car and driver are unique. While some drivers could keep those original struts for twice that amount of time, there are drivers and conditions that will wear them out in less than 50,000 miles. So, here are some signs that are telling you it is time to replace them.


The job a strut has is to hold the car up and smooth out all those bumps and pothole jolts. They will save your tire wear typically and keep the car from jiggling apart. While car bouncing is cool if you’re a low rider, it isn’t so cool for everyone else. As a matter of fact, you’ll want it to stop immediately. Here are some signs that it is time to swap out your struts.

Excessive Bouncing

Your baby loves bouncing, but your mother-in-law not so much. When your struts are worn out you’ll be bouncing like crazy after every pothole you hit on the road.

Fluid Leak

You will see a little bit of fluid on your struts normally. If there is a lot of fluid running down your strut and even so much it is dripping then they probably need replacement.

Weird Tire Wear

A broken or worn out strut will cause tire cupping. This is caused by the bouncing taking little chunks out of your tires. So, you’re driving around leaving a little trail of tire bits.

Squatting and Bowing

If you accelerate and your car’s rear end goes down in sort of a squat or when you stop your front end takes a bow, it is time to have the struts looked at.

Deals on Struts

A1 Performance Auto Repair will have deals on struts from time to time. Keep an eye on our deals page and you might get to save a chunk of change when replacing some or all of your struts.

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