As part of your car's suspension system, Honda Accord struts support your car to give you a smooth and comfortable driving experience. Overtime, these wear out and need replacement. You risk your safety by driving a car that's difficult to control if the problem is left unattended. Here are some of the things to help you spot problematic Honda Accord struts that are on its way to giving up on you and your car.
Too much bounce is one early sign that your Honda Accord struts aren't in good shape. By this time, the struts have been too old to support your car through normal challenges. Usually, this becomes pretty evident after you hit a bump on the road. Even small and insignificant humps give the car too much up-and-down motion that it already feels like you're riding a roller coaster. If you're not on the road, you can test Honda Accord struts that bounce too much by pressing on one of the corners of the car and noticing if you can do it easier than you expected.
Other than the excessive bouncing, bad Honda Accord struts are also accompanied with unusual bumpy, clanky, and squeaky noises. It is very hard not to notice even if you have your windows up. Usually, this kind of noise is caused by loose mounting hardware.
Balanced and good Honda Accord struts should give the wheel a flat base. Once these go bad, the wheels also go bad because of the uneven traction it has on the road. The inner side of the tire is usually the area that wears faster. If you notice that one, a couple, or all tires are unevenly worn, it might be a good idea to check on the struts for any problems.
Oil is what's mostly responsible for the supporting ability of your Honda Accord struts. Check the area near the struts for any leaks. When there is some present, the supporting ability is lessened. Other than leaks, dents on the body are also a sure sign of problematic struts. The car has been too much for the struts to support, and the part has no other choice but to give.