Mechanics

STRUT REPLACEMENT

2003 Acura MDX

Suspension problem
2003 Acura MDX 6 cyl All Wheel Drive Automatic 750000 miles

The tech at NTB told my wife her struts were beginning to go bad and recommended replacing them all for $650.
The vehicle seems fine. How can we verify the need for replacement?
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DJ Kelly
February 16, 2009.



At 75,000mi you are overdue to replace your struts.

Experts recommend replacement of automotive shocks and struts at 50,000 miles. Testing has shown that original equipment gas-charged shocks and struts degrade measurably by 50,000 miles*. For many popular-selling vehicles, replacing these worn shocks and struts can improve the vehicle's handling characteristics and comfort. Unlike a tire, which rotates a specific number of times per mile, a shock absorber or strut may compress and extend several times per mile on a smooth road, or several hundred times per mile on a very rough road. There are other factors that affect the life of a shock or strut, such as, regional weather conditions, amount and type of road contaminates, driving habits, loading of the vehicle, tire / wheel modifications, and the general mechanical condition of the suspension and tires.

F4I_guy
Feb 16, 2009.