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.