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1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Question: Should I change the front struts and rear shocks with only 67K on the odometer?

 

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pacecar, 3.1L V6, Emeryville, CA, February 20, 2013, 21:36
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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?

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    csubak30 February 20, 2013, 21:40
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    If these are the original struts and shocks, then yes. Mileage is one factor, age of vehicle is another, in this consideration.

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    pushrod, February 20, 2013, 22:05
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    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.

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    Miles Auto Services (884 Answers) , Richmond, VA - (804) 885-4176
    milesauto February 21, 2013, 05:56
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    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.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13401 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper February 21, 2013, 06:31
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    yes it sounds like a nice car and a little preventitive maint wouldn't hurt

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    pacecar, July 23, 2013, 21:31
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    Ok, front struts and rear shocks done. Much improved ride. Doing the tires soon.

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