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Bad Strut and Shock Absorber Symptoms

Bad Strut Symptoms

How can you tell if your car is having bad struts? you can tell your car is having bad struts if you encounter these bad strut symptoms,  the car nose dives when braking doesn’t really mean that there is a problem on the brake system but rather a problem on the suspension of the car specifically a bad strut.

Bad strut symptoms
1. The car nose dive when braking.

Car troubleshooting
There are two key components of car front suspension namely the shocks and the springs. These two parts are not connected with each other, but for some cars, these two are integrated into a single part called the strut. The strut has a portion called the strut cartridge which is the portion where the shock is, and also called a damper.

The strut is also functioning the same as the suspension with separate shocks and springs, the concept is basically the same where in the springs absorb the bumps on the road and the strut cartridge is the one that keeps the spring from bouncing repeatedly, it restricts the spring movement.

Now, when the car nose dives when the brake is applied the entire weight of the car is thrown forward towards the car front end. The spring will be the one that absorbed the entire weight and since the shocks or the strut cartridge are worn out or faulty it will not function well to control the contraction of the spring and cause the car nose to dive.

What to do to correct if a car nose dives when braking
Check the car if the front suspension has shocks or struts, if the suspension has shocks then replace the shocks usually this will fix the problem. Do not replace the spring because the springs never wear out.

When to Replace Shocks and Struts
When to replace shocks and struts? if your car encounters front end dives when applying the brakes then it means front shocks or front strut is faulty.Learn more: When to Replace Shocks and Struts

Now, if the car has strut you need to replaced the entire strut assembly but in most cases, only the strut cartridges are needed to be replaced to fix the problem.

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