Need new Struts?

Tiny
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I have a ford focus 2003 w/ 56,000 miles. I recently was told my rear shocks were leaking so I had them replaced. At the same time I was told that my front struts were the same age as the rear shocks and should replace them idealy at the same time. They didn't say if the struts were still good or not. I don't notice any problems w/ my suspension at all. I didn't even before I had my shocks done. They told me that if I didn't get my struts done before they went bad that I would damage my front axel and so on. They also said there would be no noticable signs of my struts going bad so I wouldn't know it was time to get them fixed. How true is any of this? :( I don't want to be taken for a ride, no pun intended.
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Friday, March 24th, 2006 AT 7:59 AM

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Tiny
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At 56,000 miles your strusts should still be fine. They often last up to 100,000 miles. Check with your Ford dealer as to when they recommend replacement. 56,000 is pretty early in the life of a vehilce to have to replace them. As to not knowing they are bad, you will notice things like a dippy front end when you brake, sometimes a new noise when you hit a hole in the road that sounds like a rattle, and in general poor tire wear. Could you damage the front end, yes but you whould have to really take them to the limit of their life to do so.
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Friday, March 24th, 2006 AT 5:54 PM

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