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Old 08 Aug 2003, 11:03 pm   #1 (permalink)
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If that easy to check the status of struts by myself? I want to know
how much has been worn out. Can I see it directly from the bottom? Or
do I need to detach some parts?

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Old 09 Aug 2003, 07:36 am   #2 (permalink)
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YA can't check how much is worn out --- they deteriorate
gradually so the original owner doesn't notice all at once.
After 75k miles it is worth replacing them --- longer and
the springs start to absorb the wear and become impacted.
They greatly affect ride, handling, braking --- so its a
safety issue. There are some graphs on internet that show
typical drops in performance --- think they were at the
Bilstein site. Bilstein claims (and I can back from
experience) that even after 100k? miles their shocks retain
well over something like 90%? of their original capability.
A leaking or damaged strut should be replaced
immediately --- and in pairs on the same axel. Pull up the
dust boot to see if leaking.


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Old 09 Aug 2003, 11:07 pm   #3 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"Wolfgang" <spamxseitzg@cox.net> wrote in message news:<uV5Za.7843$qf.3180@lakeread06>...
Bilstein claims (and I can back from
> experience) that even after 100k? miles their shocks retain
> well over something like 90%? of their original capability.
> A leaking or damaged strut should be replaced
> immediately


Somewhat off topic for the Camry group, but couldn't help remembering
the stock Bilsteins on a Mercedes I had - worked fine, solid damping,
no leaks, good response in recovering from large bumps - some
teenager at a Discount Tire Store, insisted to the point of his
becoming angry with me, that due to mileage, they were worn and must
be replaced for safety.
I kept trying to tell him, kindly, that he didn't need to run that
game on me, I knew they were still fine, but he kept insisting they
were bad - with zero evidence to back it up.
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Old 11 Aug 2003, 11:43 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: check struts

I want to know if I have to detach the tires and other things to check
the status of struts.

Thanks,

qq

"Wolfgang" <spamxseitzg@cox.net> wrote in message news:<VcwZa.8082$qf.4406@lakeread06>...
> Ah, here's link to the article on Bilstein out lasting all
> others --- somewhat sales propaganda but I've found it to be
> true. Used to run gymkana's on Koni's --- and they were
> awful for wearing out despite being adjustable (and they
> were an expensive premium shock)
>
> http://www.bilstein.com/products/general.html

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