Suspension Strut Rod

Suspension Strut Rod

The strut rod assembly is a critical component of a car´s suspension that impacts the overall drivability of the vehicle. The strut rod assembly is located within the inner suspension assembly on all four wheels, which is attached to the vehicle chassis and wheel assembly in the front and back of the vehicle. Its main function is to produce a smooth ride; especially when riding through rough terrain, hitting bumps and dips along the way by limiting fore/aft movement of the lower control arm and by providing a means of fine tuning the amount of caster in the alignment.

 

When the strut rod assembly begins to show signs of damage or wear it will not only impact ride comfort, but can also lead to additional damage to other suspension components, causing potentially unsafe driving conditions. Some of the other components that are damaged due to worn out struts include:

  • Tires: Struts rods are a major part of overall front end suspension alignment. When they wear out, the suspension will sag, causing the front tires to absorb more heat on the inner or outer portion of the tire.
  • Transmission: when the tires are absorbing more wear, it can also add additional stress to the transmission and vehicle axle, prematurely damaging these expensive automotive components.
  • Engine: if the struts fail completely, the reduced drag produced by misaligned suspension can also put more stress on internal engine components and lead to significant damage.

 

The struts on a vehicle have a huge impact on other components on your car. Thus, when you experience any of the symptoms or warning signs noted below, it's critical to take proactive measures to have them inspected or replace the failing strut assembly as soon as possible. It is important to be aware of the following symptoms that could indicate that your car´s strut rod is damaged or worn: knocking noises when driving over bumps, car has a bumpy ride, floating front end and uneven tire wear.

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