Mechanics

STRUTS/SHOCK ABSORBERS

1996 Ford Thunderbird

Suspension problem
1996 Ford Thunderbird Two Wheel Drive Automatic 126k miles

My 1996 T-Bird needs struts. Are struts and shock absorbers the same thing? If I have both, I guess I would need to shoot the whole thing.

Just want to be informed once I decide to bring my car in for service.
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Birdy1996
July 25, 2010.



A strut combines the shocks and the springs together in one unit.

Shocks are used if you have like a leaf spring or coil springs suspension.

Blackop555
Jul 25, 2010.