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  1. #1
    Bob Landry
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    Default Strut life expectancy, on-road only

    '99 Outback Wagon, never used off-road, 101K miles, don't know if
    struts had been replaced before we bought it at 55K.

    Ride seems fine, no bouncy-bouncy, but....? First ever car with struts
    instead of shocks, so no prior experience.

    Thoughts?


    Bob
    Just another nice basic flake.
    (and old fart in training)




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  2. #2
    Todd H.
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    Default Re: Strut life expectancy, on-road only

    Bob Landry <psyktek.leavemealone@earthlink.net> writes:

    > '99 Outback Wagon, never used off-road, 101K miles, don't know if
    > struts had been replaced before we bought it at 55K.
    >
    > Ride seems fine, no bouncy-bouncy, but....? First ever car with struts
    > instead of shocks, so no prior experience.
    >
    > Thoughts?


    I have an 01 with 115k on it and I can feel that the struts are not
    all that happy. you don't get bouncy bouncy you just feel like your
    teeth are going to fall out when you hit that pothole.

    I think mine are due.

    I'm curious of other's responses though.
    --
    Todd H.
    2001 Legacy Outback Wagon, 2.5L H-4
    Chicago, Illinois USA

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    Stewart DIBBS
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    Default Re: Strut life expectancy, on-road only

    "Todd H." <subaru@toddh.net> wrote in message
    news:84y793bkwz@news.giganews.com...
    > Bob Landry <psyktek.leavemealone@earthlink.net> writes:
    >
    >> '99 Outback Wagon, never used off-road, 101K miles, don't know if
    >> struts had been replaced before we bought it at 55K.


    At 55K its unlikely that the struts were replaced, but its possible. At
    101K, the struts are tired, period.

    If it feels that the car hits bumps unacceptable hard, its time to replace
    the struts. Replace the strut top insulator bearings as well. These also
    get tired and hard. You might also want to replace the suspension bushes
    too. These retain the original insulation effect for around 3 years or so,
    then get either hard (= noisy) or really soft (less control, more noise).

    SD



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    bigjimpack@gmail.com
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    Default Re: Strut life expectancy, on-road only

    My 04 blew one at 40 some k . Definitely very weak. Subaru could
    have specced a better strut for a vehicle designed for rough surfaces


    On Mar 2, 6:59*pm, "Stewart DIBBS" <s...@pixcl.com> wrote:
    > "Todd H." <sub...@toddh.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:84y793bkwz@news.giganews.com...
    >
    > > Bob Landry <psyktek.leavemeal...@earthlink.net> writes:

    >
    > >> '99 Outback Wagon, never used off-road, 101K miles, don't know if
    > >> struts had been replaced before we bought it at 55K.

    >
    > At 55K its unlikely that the struts were replaced, but its possible. *At
    > 101K, the struts are tired, period.
    >
    > If it feels that the car hits bumps unacceptable hard, its time to replace
    > the struts. *Replace the strut top insulator bearings as well. These also
    > get tired and hard. You might also want to replace the suspension bushes
    > too. These retain the original insulation effect for around 3 years or so,
    > then get either hard (= noisy) or really soft (less control, more noise)..
    >
    > SD



  5. #5
    Todd H.
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    Default Re: Strut life expectancy, on-road only

    "Stewart DIBBS" <sjd@pixcl.com> writes:

    > "Todd H." <subaru@toddh.net> wrote in message
    > news:84y793bkwz@news.giganews.com...
    >> Bob Landry <psyktek.leavemealone@earthlink.net> writes:
    >>
    >>> '99 Outback Wagon, never used off-road, 101K miles, don't know if
    >>> struts had been replaced before we bought it at 55K.

    >
    > At 55K its unlikely that the struts were replaced, but its possible. At
    > 101K, the struts are tired, period.
    >
    > If it feels that the car hits bumps unacceptable hard, its time to replace
    > the struts. Replace the strut top insulator bearings as well. These also
    > get tired and hard. You might also want to replace the suspension bushes
    > too. These retain the original insulation effect for around 3 years or so,
    > then get either hard (= noisy) or really soft (less control, more noise).


    Thanks much Stewart. Just rented a new car and boy... yeah, my struts
    do really feel tired! Well described.



    --
    --
    Todd H.
    2001 Legacy Outback Wagon, 2.5L H-4
    Chicago, Illinois USA

  6. #6
    Dominic Richens
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    Default Re: Strut life expectancy, on-road only

    "Bob Landry" <psyktek.leavemealone@earthlink.net> wrote:
    > '99 Outback Wagon, never used off-road, 101K miles, don't know if
    > struts had been replaced before we bought it at 55K.
    >
    > Ride seems fine, no bouncy-bouncy, but....? First ever car with struts
    > instead of shocks, so no prior experience.
    >
    > Thoughts?


    13 years and 300,000km and still on the original suspension parts - yes, the
    struts could be changed and the ride would be nicer but no handling issues.

    --
    Dominic Richens | knob@storm.ca
    "If you're not *outraged*, you're not paying attention!"



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