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Saab 9-3 Struts

Identifying the Causes of Saab 9-3 Strut Problems

Struts are some of the toughest components of a vehicle--they have to be since they help carry the entire weight of the Saab 9-3 and dampen the vibrational forces on the road that could harm the vehicle. Unfortunately, this doesn't make the struts immune to wear and malfunction. Any problem with the struts should be immediately identified, so the appropriate fix could be applied. Read on to find out some of the most common problems of a Saab 9-3 strut and their causes.

Weird sounds on one side of the 9-3

To troubleshoot this problem, you will need to raise the problematic side of the Saab with a hydraulic jack. Grab the wheel and give it a good shake while observing the strut. If you see any loose washer or bolt rattling about, just tighten it; the problem will usually be solved this way. If the whole strut looks secure, inspect the bushings to determine whether or not they're worn out. Worn-out bushings will need to be replaced immediately to mitigate the effects of wear on the suspension.

Too much bounce when stopping the 9-3

If you feel that your vehicle is moving a bit too much as you step on the brakes, it could mean that your struts have failed. You can test the struts further by doing what is called a bounce test. Position yourself either on the front side or on the back side of the vehicle, push the car down with your entire body weight, and allow the car to bounce back up. If the struts are still good, the 9-3 shouldn't bounce more than twice. The struts should be replaced when there is too much bounce.

Feeling a bump on the steering wheel when going over road bumps

Struts dampen vibrations as the 9-3 drives through the rough portions of the road. Once the struts go, you will start to feel even the tiniest bumps on the road through the steering wheel. Check the struts underneath the vehicle to zero in on the problem immediately. If there is a significant amount of fluid leakage on the struts, the struts could have been seriously damaged. If they look intact, the fluid seals are probably broken. Either way, you will have to have the struts replaced.

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  • Saab 9-3 Struts: 3 Maintenance Tips You Need to Know 27 February 2013

    The struts of your Saab 9-3 are no stranger to stress and wear. They are normally made to withstand such forces for thousands of miles and through all types of weather and terrain before they need to be replaced. With such harsh work conditions, it is no surprise that some struts may break down and malfunction. And so, proper care and attention is needed for them to last longer. Here are some maintenance tips you should know about Saab 9-3 struts:


    Don't put too much stress on the struts when driving.

    Stress and wear are usually what make struts fail during their normal operational life. Following that logic, going over harsher bumps and through rougher roads will significantly shorten their life. Your struts will benefit from good driving habits. Be sure to speed up your car gradually until you reach your desired speed. Step on the brakes a good distance from where you want to stop and allow your vehicle to slow down gradually until it reaches the spot. Finally, avoid turning your vehicle too rapidly to avoid putting too much stress on the struts on one side of your vehicle.


    Inspect your struts regularly.

    A visually inspection of the struts will allow you to catch some of the more serious problems. Check for any sign of damage or corrosion on the strut. Dents on the fluid cylinder of the shocks could mean that the fluid inside is compromised, which is detrimental to the strut's performance. Some components of a strut are covered with a light film of oil, but if you notice that a larger part of the strut is drenched in oil and dripping some of the fluid, it could mean that the fluid seals have broken.


    Replace your struts if necessary.

    Once your struts have failed, there is nothing you can do to bring them back into working condition. Don't even think about driving with failing or shot struts. Doing so will put immense strain on the rest of suspension system and seriously damage its components. The steering system will be affected as well and could lead to a loss of vehicle control. Be sure to replace the struts of your 9-3 as soon as you identify any serious problem.