When it starts handling badly.. Like if you are driving down the road and
you hit a bump and the wheel keeps bouncing.
Quick test, jump on your bumper a couple times, and then jump off. If your
vehicle continues the up and down strokes more than 3 times, its time to
replace them. Do this on front and back.
Side note: I have 113,000mi on my 2000 Ranger and they are still good. That
even includes some off road drivin at 20+mph through rough pastures with 800
+/- 50lbs of hay on the back.
Today's strut suspensions definitely stand up MUCH better than the
shocks of old. Not at all out of the ordinary to have struts last
300,000km, where the old shocks were DONE long before 50,000.
One rebound on the shocks, and one on the tires is enough.
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Be careful here. Have the springs in the front been replaced? i had a
2000 and it had a broken coil at the spring seat. I found it out by
sticking my hand in there and finding a sharp, broken end. So, the
issue may wind up being the spring and not the strut. Also, Ford has an
extended warranty on the front springs for early breakage on these
models. Catch is that Ford has to do the work on repairs. But that's
ok because the Taurus had various spring designs and only the Ford
springs make the car sit correctly and don't bottom out the loading on
the cv joints and shafts.
Thanks gang. The reason for the question is, it's our daughter's
college car. I took it to goodyear for an oil change and alignment
and walked away with about $2500 worth of repairs that were
suggested. Mind you, the car is maintained extremely well since she
drives back and forth from school. It didn't make a sound, bounce
excessively when I drove it. It bounces back after one push down with
no extra bounces.
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