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Hyundai Accent Struts

Diagnosing Your Hyundai Accent Struts

Your Hyundai Accent suspension system is supposed to keep your tires in contact with the road. At the same time, it should be able to give you a comfortable ride. Your struts are a special part of this system since they are basically shock absorbers mounted inside coil springs. This structure allows them to support your car's suspension while simultaneously controlling unwanted motion. However, struts are not made to be immune from damages. They will eventually wear out and require replacements. A broken Hyundai Accent strut isn't as easy to detect as a flat tire. You will need to know both the symptoms that indicate that they need replacing as well as the tests that prove these suspicions.

Signs of broken struts

Driving with Hyundai Accent struts that are malfunctioning naturally feels different from driving with functional struts. However, the signs will only manifest themselves gradually over time. They may be difficult to notice at first, so you'll need to be aware of your overall ride quality each time you drive. You'll know when your struts are damaged because Accent gives you a bouncy or mushy ride, does a nose dive as you brake hard, or continues to rock after hitting a bump. You can also check underneath your car and see if you've got excessive fuel leakage, broken or worn bushings, and unusual tire wear. All of these are signs that your strut is broken.

Inspecting the strut

Even if you're driving over a smooth road, your struts are still experiencing a tremendous amount of pressure as it does its job. This is why you need to inspect them periodically in order to ensure that they are not in need of a replacement. Start your test by driving your Accent around, being very aware of how it handles. Take note of any irregularities and see if they match the signs of a broken strut. Afterwards, measure the ride height between the suspension and the frame of your Accent. Compare this to the specifications in your manual and if what you measured is below minimum then your struts' coil springs will need replacing. Finally, take a peek underneath your Accent and see if you need to replace individual components of your struts.

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  • Tips on Maintaining Your Hyundai Accent Struts 27 February 2013

    As part of the suspension system, your Hyundai Accent struts can give you and your passengers a smooth and carefree ride. However, there isn't a lot of space inside this cozy subcompact car, so it can get really annoying if something goes wrong with your struts. You can try to prevent this from happening by following a few maintenance tips that can make your struts work well and last longer:


    Clean the piston tube

    Cleaning the piston tubes extends the life of your Accent's struts and reduces the chances of their failure. To do so, you will need to remove the built-up ice, mud, dust, sand, or other road debris from them. Afterwards, wipe the struts with a clean cloth saturated with hydraulic fluid.


    If you're living in an area that experiences extreme climates, your struts could be exposed to a lot of ice, sand, or mud on certain days. Make sure that you wipe your struts clean before and after a drive to ensure that they continue to function.


    Avoid driving over rough roads

    The simplest way to prolong the life of your struts would be to give it a smooth ride. A lot of driving over rough roads will mean that your struts have to constantly work hard at keeping your tires on the ground. Be sure to avoid roads that are in dire need of repair, or get car parts that can handle conditions that are similar to those off the road.


    Check the shocks regularly

    Make it a point to have your mechanic check your shocks at each oil change. He'll be in the best position to tell you that your shocks are worn out because he can do visual and road tests for it. Still, you can also inspect them yourself after driving for 12,000 miles or so. Just keep in mind that it will be harder for you to tell when your struts need replacing because they're different from tires. Doing this inspection yourself will involve checking the ball joints once every six months and being mindful of any changes to your Accent's handling as you drive.