Originally posted by PeteyP@Jul 13 2005, 02:50 PM
Since a lot of ppl commented on this, i guess i'll throw in my 2 cents. I've blown about 5 different shocks/struts in my day. Two different cars, with different suspensions. However, when all of mine blew, hence that's how the shop worded it to me as well, i never felt any kind grinding or obscure driving conditions. In fact, each time they blew, i never knew it until i brought it in for service for something different. So what happen to urs, I beleive, is that u had a faulty strut to begin with. Granted, the fronts are usually the first to go, cause they take more of the impact than the rear, plus shocks in the rear are more powerful than struts in the front in terms of "taking a hit".
What we need to know, is how long u've been riding on that suspension. If it's like 30,000 mi. or something, then I'm not surprised, it's prbably normal wear and tear. But after 5,000 mi. it should never happen. U said u didn't hit many big bumps, yet maybe u were always going too fast to realize the size of what u may have hit. Remember the faster u go, the less u feel and the more stress is on ur suspension, go slow over every bump so the strut/shock does not have to compress - decompress so quickly. That's how they wind up eventually blowing.
I may be completely wrong about all this, but i'm just saying cause it happened to me so many times. Anyone who agrees, let us all know what u think. Good luck to ya getting it fixed, sounds like a real pain in the buttox. Let us now how it works out... latrs