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Old 08-10-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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Strut life

Greetings all. My 2010 ridge was in for service a couple of days ago. I have 42000 miles on it now. The service department informed me that my rear left strut was leaking and needed to be replaced. They quoted me $306. I found a mechanic to do it $100 cheaper. I was wondering what kind of mileage I should expect from my struts. Dealership says 40000, but they just want my money lol.

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Old 08-10-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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Re: Strut life

I guess it all depends on how hard you drive your truck and what you use it for. Somebody who keeps their vehicle on pavement and never tows is going to get much more life out of their struts (or other components for that matter), than somebody who drives on rough dirt roads, off roads at all, hauls heavy loads frequently (that are close or over the truck's load limit), and/or tows a lot.

I don't think anybody can tell anybody how long their struts are going to last without knowing how they drive their truck/what they use it for. I mean, the service guy telling you that the struts should last 40,000 miles when your truck has 42,000 miles on it and one is leaking...?...coincidence...?...I think not.

Take it for what it is worth...but I have a little over 112,000 on my truck and still have the original struts. Of course, my truck has spent most of its life on pavement, have only hauled a couple of loads that were close to the load limit, and have only towed smaller things like golf carts and riding lawn mowers.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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Re: Strut life

My struts are at 137k and still going strong. It all depends on what types of roads you drive on. They should last forever on the highway and smooth pavement. If you have a few potholes on your local roads then in my experience my previous cars struts have lasted about 100-120k miles.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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My truck is on pavement 95% of the time. I'm very careful on dirt roads and don't haul anything very heavy. Very rarely go over the speed limit. I can't remember hauling butt through pot holes lol. I just thought 42000 was a little premature for one to go out.

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:10 AM   #5
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Re: Strut life

If it's really leaking...replace it...I had oil in the garage right at the back left strut.....started having handling issues and I could tell it was the left rear....took it to the dealer and sure enough, it was the strut....I had both rear's replaced and now I can tell that the fronts are weak....this is at 85,000miles......
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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Re: Strut life

There have been people who have had to replace their rear struts for leaks. Not common, but it happens.

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Old 08-10-2012, 01:41 PM   #7
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Not the Wade Hampton from the Acoustic Guitar Forum?
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:57 PM   #8
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I play acoustic guitar but I'm not on the forum lol.

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Old 08-10-2012, 05:52 PM   #9
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I play acoustic guitar but I'm not on the forum lol.

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