FAQs—Mitsubishi Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
- If some of the symptoms of car problems overlap, how can I know for sure that my shock absorber and strut assembly are the true causes of the problem?
Give your car a test drive to determine whether there is a problem with your ride control or not. It's true that some uncommon vibrations and bounciness in your car do not always correspond to a faulty shock absorber and strut assembly. Sometimes, they may just be a result of imbalanced wheels or excessive tire runout. To know for sure whether your shocks and struts are the culprits, note carefully how the car responds to the test drive. If it doesn't ride well on a rough road with tar strips and bumps, that may be an indication of a problem with the shocks and struts. Also, when your steering efforts do not return to normal after rough driving, or when your vehicle emits unusual noises, that may be another sign. Finally, when your car does unusual movements like swaying when you corner, squatting when you accelerate, and diving when you hit the brakes, you know you've found your culprit.
- How often should I replace my Mitsubishi shock absorber and strut assembly?
You should inspect your shock absorber and strut assembly regularly, but that doesn't mean that you have to replace them as often. Contrary to popular view, your shocks and struts should only be replaced when the piston rod is bent or damaged, or when the mounting hardware is impaired to the point that it can no longer function properly.
- What benefits can I expect from replacing my Mitsubishi shock absorber and strut assembly?
Replacing weak shocks and struts can lengthen the life of your tires and other suspension components. Since unrestrained vibrations in the suspension system can fast-track the wear and tear of your tires, replacing weak or damaged shocks and struts can actually improve your vehicle handling and control.
- When replacing my shocks and struts, do I need to replace my coil springs, too?
Not necessarily. When your coil springs are still in top condition when you replace your shocks and struts, you don't have to fiddle with them. Replace the coil springs only when they are damaged. Just take note that when you replace one spring coil, you have to replace the other. This is because coil springs tend to sag over time, so if you put new springs on one side of your vehicle and leave the old one on the other side, your ride may look out of balance. The side with new coil spring is likely to be taller than the other side. However, there is an exception to this. When your car is relatively new and barely used, you can replace just one coil spring if only one is broken.
- How much does it cost to replace my Mitsubishi shock absorber and strut assembly?
Replacing your struts and shocks can cost you a few hundred bucks. New struts often range from $600 to $900 for each pair. Often, you would need to spend another extra $80 to $150 for wheel alignment, since it is a necessary step when replacing struts. On the other hand, shock absorber replacements can range from $250 to $450. This time, no extra fee for wheel alignment is needed.