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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-31-2007, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Good time to assess your struts

If you're one of us lucky folks who live where it gets cold, this is a good time to observe the condition of your struts. I've noticed when it gets cold and the oil in shocks or struts thickens up, worn ones behave like new ones.
So if you experience a big change in how your car rides when you drive it on nice cold days, it may be a clue that your struts are worn and not doing their job on warmer days.
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My stance is that in extreme cold, your struts are going to firm up regardless of new or worn... just a function of the elements...
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I have new struts and they feel like the 10 year old ones I got rid of.. is that bad?

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My stance is that in extreme cold, your struts are going to firm up regardless of new or worn... just a function of the elements...
That is true, but notice I said a BIG difference. You have to use your judgement as to what the seat of your pants is telling you.
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i do notice when its gets cold out and i go over rail road tracks 4x a day to and from work i have to go slow cause i hear them bottom out. when weather is above 40 struts in the front feel like new. how wierd. my moms 00 voyager does the same. she just hit 25,000 miles. yup 7 yr old and just hit 25,000 miles yesterday.
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You make an interesting point here. -CW

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If you're one of us lucky folks who live where it gets cold, this is a good time to observe the condition of your struts. I've noticed when it gets cold and the oil in shocks or struts thickens up, worn ones behave like new ones.
So if you experience a big change in how your car rides when you drive it on nice cold days, it may be a clue that your struts are worn and not doing their job on warmer days.
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In Chicago it is around 0 deg outside. My struts are fine. They have been so for the past 6 years with the exception of the car being in Miami for a year. Other than that I have no problems. Thay are the origional ones.
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I had a Plymouth Voyager years ago, and when it got older, one of the struts started sticking when it got cold. I'd hit a large bump and the strut would stay compressed for awhile.... felt like I was riding on 3 wheels.
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