Useful Tips to Deal With a Bad Toyota Sienna Strut Assembly
Your Toyota Sienna strut assembly will wear out as your vehicle age and increase its mileage. And when this happens, you will face several problems, which you need to be prepared for. So here are some of the common strut assembly problems along some helpful troubleshooting tips:
Increased body roll
Your struts are responsible for preventing your minivan to sway every time you drive at high speeds. So if you start to experience excessive body roll on your vehicle, you may want to consider checking your strut assemblies for any sign of wear. After all, your struts do get damaged overtime because their springs begin to become flexible as your car ages, causing the assemblies to fail in supporting the weight of your vehicle. To check whether your struts have gone bad, you can drive in an open area at high speeds and abruptly stop your vehicle. If your minivan sways from side to side, you definitely need to replace your struts.
Bad strut assemblies can increase the damage on your tires, which may cause them different possible types of tire wear. Because the struts are also responsible in keeping the tires aligned and with proper tension, misaligned and imbalanced tires aren't far from happening. Once you experience this on your Sienna, you will have no choice but to replace your worn-out tires and struts as this isn't the kind of car problem that has a few quick fixes. And when you replace your struts, make sure that you do it in pairs. Otherwise, you will just damage your new tires in the end.
One way to check if your strut assemblies need to be replaced is by checking if the hydraulic fluid is leaking. While this may just come off as a symptom of a bad strut, it's a problem in itself as the hydraulic fluid that have spread and hardened on your assemblies can attract more dirt and develop rust. So if you choose to let your struts leak, you may suddenly find your components to be heavily covered with dirt and rust. Worse, rust may spread to nearby components. If this happens, you have to quickly replace the assemblies in pair and don't forget to get rid of the rust on the other components.