2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Q&A

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Question: valve cover gasket and struts

The Valve cover gasket was replaced at 50,000 miles and now I'm told it needs to be replaced again at 110,000 miles, is this normal? Also, is it normal to replace struts at 110,000 miles? -
Answer 1
The Valve Cover gasket can go out every 60k or so. Are the Struts making your ride rough? Are they noisy? 110k is not unreasonable for Struts, but if they still work fine, then don't replace them. -
Comment 1
Several of the major strut manufactures recomend replacement at 50K. Of course they are in the business to sell struts. I would do the basic bounce or rebound test. Go through a dip at a moderate but safe speed. If the nose or tail of the car continues to bounce or rebound more than twice you might want to think about replaceing them. One sign for sure is tire cupping, inspect your tires and that will also give you a good indication of what your struts are doing. -