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Cadillac Eldorado Strut Assembly

Telltale Signs of a Failing Cadillac El Dorado Strut Assembly

Definitely the defining component of a suspension, the strut is a combination of a shock absorber and a spring. This is also commonly known as coil overs. Add the bushings and the nuts, screws, and bolts and you have the whole strut assembly. Connected to the steering section of the vehicle, struts take in the energy generated from the interaction of the wheels and tires with the surface. A failure within the strut assembly can be potentially disastrous as it can render the car uncontrollable while severely destroying other parts of the suspension system. Keep a close eye on these telltale signs of a failing Cadillac El Dorado Strut Assembly.

Bouncing loose

Whenever you feel like the car is bouncing crazily up and down, like nothing is dampening the impact, the strut has bottomed out. Bottoming out is a symptom of an already failed strut. This can be experienced when the tires goes by an uneven patch on the road such as a large hole or a rocky pavement. The strut doesn't have enough force to combat the bouncing motion. It can be caused by shock absorbers with shock fade or worn out springs.

Wheels swerving unintentionally

Wheels swerving unintentionally mean that the shock absorber is not able to do its job. Aside from the control arms which guide the wheels, the shock absorber in the strut assembly is responsible for controlling the wheels' up and down movement. That the reason why the strut assembly has a shock absorber in the middle. Without the ideal response from the shock absorbers, the springs would make the car's body bounce uncontrollably onto pavement, leading to unresponsive steering.

Abnormal body roll

Body roll is a naturally occurring phenomenon whenever the car turns. The force generated by the car into one direction is opposed by another force going to the other direction. The suspension is keeps the car safely glued on the road. However, after years of continuous motion, the spring and the shock absorber tend to deteriorate and absorb less energy. This heads to excessive body roll upon cornering. Once this happens, replace the strut assemblies immediately.

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  • How to Maintain the Cadillac El Dorado Strut Assemblies 04 March 2014

    Strut assemblies are assembled with shock absorbers, hydraulic oil, mounting bushings and a coil over or spring. These components work together to help sustain vehicle maneuverability when the car is driven into corners, on different kinds of road, or over bumps. Strut assembly failure usually stems from the breakdown of its parts, especially when the dampers and the springs can't absorb the energy from road impact anymore. This is a welcoming sign to disaster as the car may roll over on its body or spin out of control. Keeping the strut assemblies in good condition is a must for any El Dorado owner. These simple tips can help you maintain the strut assemblies in tiptop form.

    • Inspect them for oil leaks.
    • Looking for leaks below the strut assembly area or oil seepage that has been running down the shock absorbers periodically can give you ample time to make necessary adjustments. If these are present, your struts need to be replaced.
    • Check the 'obscure' stuff.
    • Many components that form the strut assembly are frequently being bypassed whenever the assemblies. Parts such as bolts, nuts, bushings, and joints should also be checked because they are also being utilized whenever the car is driven. These parts are also subjected to the same amount of stress in terms of being exposed to outside elements. Both of these conditions certainly wear them out. Damage in any of these parts will cause rattling and shaking and eventual damage to the bigger, major parts. Inspect them for any corrosion and cracks then replace them to prevent future headaches.
    • Replace the strut assembly every 50,000 miles.
    • The Motorist Assurance Program or MAP recommends that strut assemblies should be changed with new ones every 50,000 miles. This is because strut assemblies begin to show deterioration in their performance significantly once they hit that mileage. Reduced handling ability and longer stopping distances are much more obvious after that mark. Nevertheless, replacing the strut assembly still depends on the usage, driving style, and conditions by which it is exposed. They can be changed before 50,000 miles, especially when signs of failure arise. One way to test the health of the strut is to observe the height of your car. If the car is already noticeably lower than usual or is below the intended height of the struts, the strut assemblies are in the homestretch.
    Final tipStrut assemblies should always be replaced in pairs and never one at a time. They should be changed according to their pairing, front or rear. This is because if one is already going bad, the others are eventually going to follow suit. However, if one of the original factory manufactured strut assemblies is going to be replaced for the first time, changing all of them is highly recommended.