how do i know if i need new shocks and struts


Asked by olucienne8 Jul 27, 2013 at 09:49 PM about the Saab 9-3 SportCombi

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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the ole foot on the bumper...push down as hard as you can...and should not even bounce once~

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Tom Demyan

Also if they are leaking. If you have over 60-100K miles, they have lost their dampening properties. But fine to drive on. Your call if you want to replace.

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No leak or bounce, it does ride rougher than I think it should though. The real issue is a metallic rattle at low speeds on gravel or rough roads

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Jack car up so wheel is completely off the ground and try to move it side to side... check your upper and lower control arms. ..

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Tom Demyan

A metallic rattle might indicate a heat shield on your exhaust might be loose.

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