When should I replace the shocks and struts? The ride feels rough to me, but the car does not bounce.
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.
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.
if you see some wear that is not normal you should change them
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.
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