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larry 10/14/2012

2004 Nissan Quest SE 6 Cyl 3.5L

Steering & Suspension

How to check front struts for wear

Auto when hits a bump front end seems to be a little hard indicating worn struts

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CVO 10/14/2012


1.Perform a bounce test on the vehicle's shocks or struts by gripping the bumper while rocking the vehicle up and down. Let go of the bumper as soon as the vehicle is rocking adequately.

2.Observe how many times the vehicle rocks up and down when you let go of the bumper. If the vehicle bounces up and down more than one or two times, the shocks or struts will need to be replaced on that end of the vehicle.

3.Use a flashlight and inspect the strut or shock housings, mounts, and bushings behind all four wheels. Any shocks or struts that have worn bushings or fluid leaking from the housings need to be replaced, and any broken mounts need to be fixed or replaced.

4.Replace worn shocks or struts with vehicle manufacturer-approved units to maintain proper ride comfort and handling capability. Purchase heavy-duty performance shocks to increase the handling capability of the vehicle if desired.

For more information, see this link http://www.ehow.com/how_6502665_can-tell-struts-bad_.html


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