Symptoms for a bad strut, also known as a shock or damper, are oil on the strut, noises from one corner of the car and possible problems with the car handling on bumpy roads. The struts keep the tires on the road, even on uneven ground so that it has a better road grip.Continue Reading
Pushing down on each corner of the car should not cause any noises. If any of the corners make a noise, check for oil leaks on the strut. If after pushing three times the corner of the car does not return to its original position, this can also indicate an issue with the strut. If there is oil on the struts or the shocks, the oil that they require in order to work properly is leaking out and if this happens, they are bad and need to be replaced. When replacing one in the front or back it is good practice to replace the other front or back strut.
Even if there is no oil on the strut, there could be issues with the upper mount or bearing plate. If the bearing plate or upper mount is damaged, there may be a noise when turning the car wheels to the left or the right.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
A strut is a shock absorber mounted inside of a spring in a vehicle to absorb shocks for a smoother ride and to provide support to the vehicle's suspension. Struts are attached to the anti-sway bar to stabilize the vehicle.Full Answer >
The front strut of a motor vehicle, a part of the suspension system used to absorb shock, should be replaced if it looks wet and oily, which can indicate a leak of hydraulic fluid from inside the strut. If a vehicle seems to bounce or knock going over bumps, seems to swing up and down, dips forward at braking or dips significantly toward one side on turns, it's probably time to replace a strut or shock absorber.Full Answer >
The most common signs of a bad car battery include the vehicle backfiring, dimming of headlights while driving, problems with electrical systems in the car and the vehicle not starting. These issues arise at any time. It is important to monitor the lifespan of a battery and ensure that connections are not corroded during that period.Full Answer >
Figure out your car problem using an on-board diagnostic reader, or by interpreting the car's smoke signals and noises. Knowing the colors of the car fluids may also help diagnose car problems related to fluid leakage.Full Answer >