Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Ben, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Ok.. I have a question about struts.. I had the oil changed in my 96 SL2 and
    the tech told that the struts where shot and needed to be replaced.. He said
    that the rear ones were so bad that they were "Shredding my tires".. I
    looked at the tires when I got home and I didn't see any signs of the tires
    shredding... I am going to replace the struts.. But I am going to do them
    myself... I wasn't going to pay someone $600 to replace them...

    Thanks for the help..

    Ben, Mar 9, 2005
  2. Ben

    blah blah Guest

    Lol, I wouldnt go back there again. How do you know the advice was true?

    You need to goto the front of your car and push down on the bumper
    repeatedly until the car gets bobbing real good. Then jump back and
    count how many times it continues to bounce afterwords. If it doesnt,
    then they are good, if it bounces more than 3 times then they are
    certainly bad. Do the same to the rear.
    blah blah, Mar 9, 2005
  3. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Ok.. I did what you said... Car bounced about 1 to 1 1/2 times and stopped
    bouncing cold... I guess I am ok then.. But what is thing about "Shredding
    tires".. I have owned alot of cars and trucks and have never heard of a bad
    suspention "Shredding" tires before.. I know they they can make the tire
    wear funny and get poor mileage of them... Oh well.. Thanks for the info..

    Ben, Mar 9, 2005
  4. Ben

    Bob Shuman Guest

    make sure you look at all sides of the tires, including the inside tire wall
    which would not normally be viewable unless you get under the car. I have
    seen tires that were shredded on the sidewalls before, but these were low
    profile tires that had a puncture so had been run at too low a pressure.
    make sure that you have good clearance all the way around as well even when

    Bob Shuman, Mar 9, 2005
  5. Ben

    Box134 Guest

    The guy is giving you BS. Sounds like something you'd hear from a Midas or
    from other muffler/suspension/whatever places. If you were shredding your
    tires you'd know it, probably bobbing up and down like a cork. Because you
    haven't experienced that and see no signs of "shredding" pretty much tells
    the story.

    Reminds me of the last time I was at a Midas sometime in the late 80s. I
    went for exhaust work but the guy told me I needed new shocks. I remembered
    I'd heard clunking sounds from the rear end of my shit '85 Escort. "Yeah!
    Yeah! That's it!" the guy said. Well, I don't allow myself to be succumb to
    sales pitches and I didn't get the shocks. And I discovered later the
    clunking was a golf ball in the hatch wheel well.
    Box134, Mar 10, 2005
  6. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Yep... I agree with you about tires.. I have had tires come apart on me
    before.. Bad batch of tires... I did inspect the tires.. I crawled under
    the car and looked at them all... Nothing.. I couldn't see a thing... Oh
    well.. I am not going to worry about... I do need new tires pretty soon

    Thanks for all the help..
    Ben, Mar 10, 2005
  7. Ben

    Richard Guest

    I bought an '89 Mazda 323 SE in 10/03. My first car and only necessary
    lesson in buying a car cheap and as-is from a stranger. After buying it I
    had the car looked at (yeah, I know I did it backwards) and one thing the
    guy pointed out was that the springs in the back that surround the strut
    were collapsing. They were actually breaking at the top. He said it wasn't
    worth fixing on an old car with as many problems as this one was turning out
    to have as many problems as it did and it would just make the ride bumpy.

    About a month or so later I went over a small bump and heard a loud clunk
    from the rear driver's side. After that every little pebble or crack in the
    road made a loud clattering. I called a trusted mechanic (co-worker's
    nephew) and asked him about it, mentioning about the springs. << He said
    that the spring might have completely broken. I asked if it was something to
    worry about and he said he had seen where a broken spring had hung down and
    punctured the tire. >>

    It turned out when I brought the car in that the top end of the strut had
    rusted so bad that it broke free from the body and was just clanging around
    in there. Only the spring was still holding it.

    In any case, I suppose this is what your guy was alledging. That the spring
    might be hanging down and cutting the tires. Seems a stupid lie since it is
    something you can easily look at yourself. Just not very creative, I guess.
    Richard, Apr 4, 2005
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