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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-17-2014, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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don't have time to search forum so my question is, should struts extend on their own when compressed by hand? This is without springs installed obviously

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Yes if they don't they are blown.

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now my shocks spring back after I push em down manually. that means their still good, correct?

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Do you have reason to suspect they're bad? Any leaks or damage?

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no leaks. but my car bangs hard, lol, after hitting the smallest /slightest bumps.

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Could be any number of suspension components. I would check my swar bar bushings, control arm bushings, sway links, proper torque on components and go from there. It doesn't take much to make a lot of noise.

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checked bushings all good. had bad a arm bushings but changed those. Struts have lowerings springs for about three years. so I guess its time to change em anyways. but thanks again guys for the info

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so purchased new fe5 struts and yes my old struts were blown. ride is soooo much better, even with aftermarket springs. changed cv boots too cuz they were ripped. not as hard as I thought

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Glad to hear you fixed it, I recently fixed mine and went back to stock springs and it's so much better than the Eibach crap that was on there.

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