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Old 01-16-2011, 03:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what should the average life span of a oem strut be/ 06 fxt? . i have a clunk going on in left front wheel area , but nothing i have checked is loose. has antbody came across this and can shed some light on the problem?
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im at 73k miles of hard driving n lots of off roading still going strong.
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I had a similar issue and it turned out to be a worn end-link for the front sway bar.
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Average, maybe 60K. I'd say, it really depends on the road conditions and your driving style, if you attack speedbumps without stopping they won't last too long. Some can probably still work at 100K, and some will be blown at 40K.

I am betting most people with blown struts don't really know it until something really goes wrong, like clunking. Only way I know to check is to take them off the car, remove tophat and spring and try compressing the damper shaft in/out. It should have resistance going down and should come back up on it's own.

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Yeah I have '04 WRX struts that have been blown for a long time. Definitely depends on your driving style..

@Stan, is it bad to drive with blown struts? I've been told no but am a bit concerned and could drop money on some new ones if necessary.. thanks!
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My Miata and Passat were both on original struts/shocks. Both were shot when I was replacing them. Both cars still worked fine, Miata actually did quite well on blown shocks (they were 170K old, Miata shocks are considered blown at 40K). Passat had 100K on it, and I could definitely tell those things were gone. My LS400 has original shocks and 185K on the clock, but I ain't touching it.

If it ain't clunkin and you are fine with the handling and ride, just keep going I wouldn't install blown OEM dampers back on though if they were removed, GR2s are cheap enough.

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right on , thanks for the feed back i have came to the conclusion that the struts fine. it seems to be coming from that area. and only when i'm at crusing speed 30 to 40. when i have a good load on the throttle no clunk. possible drive shaft bearing.?
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My Miata and Passat were both on original struts/shocks. Both were shot when I was replacing them. Both cars still worked fine, Miata actually did quite well on blown shocks (they were 170K old, Miata shocks are considered blown at 40K). Passat had 100K on it, and I could definitely tell those things were gone. My LS400 has original shocks and 185K on the clock, but I ain't touching it.

If it ain't clunkin and you are fine with the handling and ride, just keep going I wouldn't install blown OEM dampers back on though if they were removed, GR2s are cheap enough.

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Good to know My struts are super noisy and clunky and my mechanic even said they needed to be replaced.. I guess in two weeks the foz gets some GR2's.. finally!
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going to check sway bar end link. sounds feasible but .
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GR2s should be fine if you are sticking with OEM WRX springs, which isn't bad at all.

Bearing.. I don't know, I'd imagine a failed bearing would make a grinding noise at all times. Maybe worth taking it to the shop to have them check it out, or maybe just showing up at a local Subaru meet to have someone knowledgeable drive your car and give you an opinion.

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What's a failed bearing? Wheel bearing?

I took mine to my trusted Subie / Saab shop and the owner told me it was my struts. and he's a genius.
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My 2005xtp has 73000 miles on it..The struts will need to be replaced very soon.
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Independant testing has show struts that still appear 'good' can increase stopping distances under hard braking by as much as 10%, 'blown struts' nearer 20%.

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when i say bad bearing i was referring to the bearings in the top hat.
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What mods do you think Satan has done to the Subaru he owns? And what model?

...anywaaaay, maybe you can check for tophat bearing play by pulling the strut and playing with the top hat? Or maybe the play will only come about with the weight of the car on it? Dunno...
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