When should I replace the shocks and struts? The ride feels rough to me, but the car does not bounce.

Asked by Mar 18, 2013 at 04:21 PM about the 2008 Toyota Highlander Base 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2008 highlander base AWD.  I purchased it certified used in 2010.  It now has 76,000 miles on it and it feels like the ride is getting a bit rough.  Do I need to replace the shocks and struts and or shocks?  I want that new car ride that I paid for in 2010.

4 Answers

210,495

At 78K most will say to swap them out, at 100K most people do, but some never do. Also look at the condition of your suspension/bushings, tie rod ends, etc and tires too.

9 out of 9 people think this is helpful.
2,165

if you see some wear that is not normal you should change them

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
90,025

Shock absorbers and struts attenuate the bounce and keep the wheels planted. People replace them when the vehicle "floats" on the highway. The springs carry the weight and dictate how the ride feels. When they wear out, the vehicle sits lower, has reduced suspension travel and has a tendency to wear out the insides of the tires. --- The Highlander is truck like and it has weight. It has strong springs to hold that weight. If you want the original ride, replace the springs, struts and shocks. It shouldn't cost much more (other than the cost of parts) than replacing the shocks and struts.

22 out of 22 people think this is helpful.
170

After reading postings on numerous websites that imparted very little information, I was happy to find this one. It is a clear, logical explanation with educational value for the novice. Thank you!

17 out of 17 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Highlander

Looking for a Used Highlander in your area?

CarGurus has 27,510 nationwide Highlander listings starting at $2,988.

ZIP:

Search Toyota Highlander Questions

Toyota Highlander Experts

#1 Wendy Tucker
Wendy Tucker
Reputation 3,510
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,480
#3 Shawntele Lewis
Shawntele Lewis
Reputation 2,270
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Pilot
592 Great Deals out of 20,549 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
381 Great Deals out of 20,186 listings starting at $2,995
Used Toyota RAV4
1,083 Great Deals out of 54,615 listings starting at $1,999
Used Acura MDX
390 Great Deals out of 15,876 listings starting at $2,295
Used Toyota Highlander Hybrid
30 Great Deals out of 1,409 listings starting at $3,500
Used Toyota Camry
1,450 Great Deals out of 100,212 listings starting at $700
Used Toyota Sienna
364 Great Deals out of 27,003 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Pathfinder
469 Great Deals out of 26,808 listings starting at $1,795
Used Honda CR-V
1,262 Great Deals out of 74,066 listings starting at $1,650
Used Ford Explorer
1,452 Great Deals out of 72,834 listings starting at $985
Used Lexus RX 350
587 Great Deals out of 17,178 listings starting at $6,680
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,136 Great Deals out of 70,014 listings starting at $495
Used GMC Acadia
1,023 Great Deals out of 40,738 listings starting at $3,505
Used Toyota Tacoma
762 Great Deals out of 33,398 listings starting at $2,988
Used Toyota Sequoia
176 Great Deals out of 6,817 listings starting at $2,477

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota Highlander For Sale
5,483 listings starting at $28,561
2016 Toyota Highlander For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 9,833 listings starting at $24,995
2015 Toyota Highlander For Sale
109 Great Deals out of 1,842 listings starting at $21,999
2014 Toyota Highlander For Sale
69 Great Deals out of 1,104 listings starting at $19,990
2013 Toyota Highlander For Sale
146 Great Deals out of 2,934 listings starting at $13,500