Struts should not be bad yet at 64,000 miles; but then again, neither should your strut mounts. Have someone turn the steering wheel from full left to full right, (engine idling), while you hold your fingers around one of the front coil springs near the top. If the mount is binding, you'll feel a little tension build up, then it will pop and turn. The entire spring should turn very smoothly as the steering wheel is turned.
Very often binding mounts don't show up during a basic steering and suspension inspection. They might show up after the struts have been removed for replacement, then the mechanic has to find you and tell you, "as long as you have your wallet out, I found something else". They hate having to do that but it's better than putting in new struts with bad mounts.
Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 2:49 AM