Buick shocks and
struts do not
require replacing at specific mileage intervals like filters or spark plugs, but
they do wear out and eventually have to be replaced.
When these parts
wear out over time they can cause a rattle or a thump noise because the strut is
coming in contact with the body of the vehicle since this sustaining mount has
disintegrated and is not cushioning the strut anymore.
You need new shocks
(and/or struts) if your original Buick quick strut is worn
out, damaged or leaking. Leaking is easy enough to see (just look for oil or
wetness on the outside of the shock or strut) as is damage (broken mount, badly
dented housing, etc.). But wear is often more of a subjective thing to
This easy bounce
test is just that, bouncing on the front of the vehicle and watching to find out
how many times the vehicle bounces up and down before the bouncing stops. Too
much bouncing indicates worn Buick complete strut
assembly. Basically, what you need to do is bounce the car up and down using
your body weights a couple of times. When you discontinue bouncing and free the
car, it should level off after one stroke. After releasing the vehicle, it ought
to bounce one time and should come back to a level stand. If it continues to
bounce after you let go more than one rebound act, then it shows the shocks
needs to be changed. So that's how to tell when automotive shock absorbers
should be replaced.
Make sure they take
a test drive with you and hear the same sound you do. You want to make sure the
work order you sign states the complaint properly not just "replace struts". You
do this in case the noise is still present after the repairs so that you have it
in writing what your original complaint was.
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