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When to replace shocks and springs?

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My Roommates dad seems to think that shocks need to be changed every 50K miles or so as regular maintenance. I've never heard of that and consider shocks and springs in that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" catagory.

Personally, I look for accessive leaning in corners before I even consider looking at replacing worn or broken shocks and struts. But now that I think about it I've never replaced any for wearing out, only as performance upgrades.

So what do you all look for in order to figure out if your suspension components need replacing?

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A broken or leaking shock/strut should be replaced ASAP for safety reasons. Other than that, I think it is personal preference. Most of the time, a strut/shock is still servicable at 50K miles of service. By 90K or so they are usually getting sloppy and should be changed before handling is affected too much. Just my $0.02.

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I have been told to replace at 60k miles. The thing with shocks/struts is that they gradually wear out so over time you really don't notice that they are bad, until it's too late. I have just over 68k miles and plan on replacing all four corners this spring.
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I have been told to replace at 60k miles. The thing with shocks/struts is that they gradually wear out so over time you really don't notice that they are bad, until it's too late. I have just over 68k miles and plan on replacing all four corners this spring.
i have about what ever is on the odometer. im doing all 4 this spring as well as new tires
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With the older cars it was easy to tell when the shocks went bad - the car would bounce much more than "normal" and it would usually start to chatter over bumps. With today's cars I'm inclined to agree with Warlord - it's such a gradual thing it's hard to tell. It probably varies a lot by car model and driving habits. My LeBaron required new struts at 120k miles but the back shocks were still OK even then ...
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My 95 LHS was 10 yrs. of age last August and has traveled 64K miles. The ride is still stable and it takes curves well. It would be a waste of money to change struts at this time. I should be good for another 30K miles or more unless a strut breaks or blows a seal.

I will probably sell the car before then if Chrysler decides to produce a car that looks as good as the 94/97 NY/LHS or the other 1st. gen. LH cars. If they keep the present 4 wheel brick design, I may be driving the LHS when I'm 80! Just my $0.02.

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It just depends on preference. You can let them age, and get soft as hell. Most people who only drive like grandmas won't even notice the fade.

But if you like to take the corners a little hard sometimes, or you stop/accelerate quickly once in a while, you will notice the car getting really soft. To the point of hurting braking and acceleration. Puting in fresh struts will tighten everything right back up.

But, the struts themselves in these 90s and 00 cars will last a while (100k+, or even the life of the car). You will just get a fade in the performance of them.

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A broken or leaking shock/strut should be replaced ASAP for safety reasons. Other than that, I think it is personal preference. Most of the time, a strut/shock is still servicable at 50K miles of service. By 90K or so they are usually getting sloppy and should be changed before handling is affected too much. Just my $0.02.

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Iagree with Fred's mileage numbers. One yardstick I use is cold weather. If you live in an area where the temperature drops down into the teens or 20's, leave the car outside overnight and then take a drive. If you notice a distinct improvement in the ride due to the thickening of the fluid, your shocks are probably candidates for replacement.
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Iagree with Fred's mileage numbers. One yardstick I use is cold weather. If you live in an area where the temperature drops down into the teens or 20's, leave the car outside overnight and then take a drive. If you notice a distinct improvement in the ride due to the thickening of the fluid, your shocks are probably candidates for replacement.
Never though of that - good tip ...!
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I've never had the shocks or struts done on the 96 trep, how much $ am I looking at for a job like that.

I don't really notice a difference but as was said it is a really gradual change.
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My LeBaron ran $150 including the strut plates - but that was several years ago. I'd do it myself but I really hate working with coil springs ...
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About 18 months ago it cost me in the neighborhood of $425 for 4 Monroe struts installed. These were their best lifetime units. I think that included the necessary alignment.
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so like you just get the struts or new springs too?

you need a special spring compression tool to get it out right?
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I don't see a reason to get new springs unless you have one broken or sagging. At some point the $ spent would exceed the benefit. Oh, and by the way, you'll probably need the urethane (or whatever the material is) spring seats replaced too. Mine were beat to pieces on a couple of wheels (that was at 125K). Unfortunately, they are outrageous in price if they come from a dealer, and I don't know if you can get them elsewhere.
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About 18 months ago it cost me in the neighborhood of $425 for 4 Monroe struts installed. These were their best lifetime units. I think that included the necessary alignment.
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