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Old 04-08-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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Default Suspension on its way out?

I would like to know what are the signs for a failing suspension. I've had the same suspension on my '99 Outback for 200k miles now. I live in NJ so im constantly smashing over pot hole filled roads and the car really sounds like it takes a pounding over every bump.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:42 AM   #2
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Sounds like you are needing new struts. 200k miles on factory struts?
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:53 AM   #3
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look at the overall ride height, if its skewed to one corner, or to one end, that will be the failing strut. with 200k on the stock suspension, it is time to replace all 4 corners.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:29 AM   #4
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It's usually difficult to notice on a car that you're constantly driving because the wear happens constantly but very slowly. Drive a car that is like yours with OEM-like replaced struts to feel the difference.

At 200k, I think it's pretty safe to say that the struts need replacement. If you have any thoughts of going to a different spring, now's the time since the labor would not be any different than just changing struts. You might even find a used setup where someone went complete aftermarket....where you get a spring/strut/top all together....then it's a piece of cake to do the replacement. While you're at it, check out the ball joints, tie rod ends and bushings. Chances are that they're all at least worn if not shot at this mileage. Even the steering rack bushings can be worn at this point. If you just go ahead and replace everything, you're going to think the car is brand new when you're done.

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Old 04-08-2009, 08:33 AM   #5
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It's usually difficult to notice on a car that you're constantly driving because the wear happens constantly but very slowly. Drive a car that is like yours with OEM-like replaced struts to feel the difference.
+1. I just replaced my springs and struts on my car. Even my wife noticed the difference the first time she rode in it! And I only had 80K miles. Wife also noticed the car was a bit lower.
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Yeah i really should replace the whole setup; however I'm hesitant to put that much money into a car with 200k miles.
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