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When struts get worn out, they definitely make for a negative driving experience. More importantly, bad struts can also cause damage and excessive wear on other parts of your vehicle like your tires.

What are Struts?

You’ve probably heard of car struts mentioned alongside shocks as well. When talking about “shocks and struts,” we are referring to the parts of the vehicle responsible for shock absorption and stability over rough road surfaces. There are in fact key differences between these two parts:

The majority of struts used today are called MacPhearson struts – named after their inventor Earle MacPhearson. The MacPhearson strut combines the shock absorber and coil spring into one assembly. This design allows the strut to serve the duel purpose of absorbing shock while driving and supporting your car’s weight. The strut also serves as the pivot point for steering knuckles, which attach to the wheel and tire. Another less common type of strut is the modified front suspension strut. Its wishbone shape allows for a lower ride height and makes the vehicle more aerodynamic.

How to Tell When Your Struts Need Replacement

Getting Strut Maintenance

If you notice any of the signs above that something may be wrong with your car’s struts, you need to get the issue addressed by a car care professional right away. The simplest way to save money on your strut maintenance is to book your service through CarAdvise. Book at a trusted shop near you with CarAdvise and pay less than the shop price!

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