Car rides like an Oldsmobile -- very soft and floaty. The miles are relatively low and the ride quality seems ok. The tires are not wearing oddly, but I plan buy new tires this summer (2013). Does it make sense to replace the front struts and shocks before the new tires go on?
Should I change the front struts and rear shocks with only 67K on the odometer? on 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
by pacecar in Emeryville, CA on February 20, 2013
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by csubak30 on February 20, 2013
If these are the original struts and shocks, then yes. Mileage is one factor, age of vehicle is another, in this consideration.
COMMENT by pushrod on February 20, 2013
I agree shocks (struts) wear out gradually so it is hard to tell just when they really need to be replaced. But on this car, it's time.
ANSWER by milesauto on February 21, 2013
Do a bounce test and compar front to rear. Put a knee on front bumper and put all your weight on aand off 3 times and watch to see how suspension responds. Do the same in rear and see if its a bit softer and continues to bounce up and down sightly when you let the weight off. Have seen a few of these that need shocks paticualy in the rear more time than the front.
ANSWER by globalhelper on February 21, 2013
yes it sounds like a nice car and a little preventitive maint wouldn't hurt
COMMENT by pacecar on July 23, 2013
Ok, front struts and rear shocks done. Much improved ride. Doing the tires soon.