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How many miles before I replace struts?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by bpmbpm, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Dec 13, 2009 at 1:54 PM
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    bpmbpm

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    Hello,

    My 03 tacoma 4x4 has about 83,000 miles on it. My tires are wearing a little funny... with the treads wearing high/low/high/low ("cupping"?). One mechanic has told me that I need my struts done and this is why they are wearing that way, another told me (after bouncing the truck a bit and having it show that the struts are only a little soft, and seeing that there is no leakage) that this sometimes happens to winter tires if you drive on bumpy roads a lot - which I guess I do, and the struts do not necessarily have to be done right now. I do not think this is an alignment issue. I am getting new tires and don't want to have them wear improperly. My main question is, at what point should I expect (mileage) to have my struts done on my truck? The rest of the info is there in case anyone has any useful insight.

    Thanks!
    -Brian
     
  2. Dec 14, 2009 at 10:48 AM
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    sirsaechao

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    I dont drive the miles so I go by time. I did mine at 5 years at 35000 miles on my 02. Same with my oil change. I don't drive the miles...I go by time.
     
  3. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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    pataco

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    ide say if u put new shocks(inside your struts) on your going to notice a huge differance.83,000 miles,its time for new ones imo.i had 68,000 on my trd ones and they road like crap.and it could b an alignment issue to.these trucks can seem to drive nice and straight and tight but your alingment could still b off.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:35 PM
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    BirdTRD

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    I just pulled the oem TRD Off Road progressive coils and Bilstein shocks off my truck. They have less than 5,000 miles on them. I'll let them go for a very reasonable price. PM me if you're interested. If you're at all handy, they're not hard to change by yourself either. I did it in about 3 hours.
     
  5. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:43 PM
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    he has a "03".
     
  6. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:44 PM
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    Dope! Sorry.:facepalm:
     
  7. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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    I was just trying to help the guy out. I'll get some pix and post them properly in the FS pages.
     
  8. Dec 14, 2009 at 3:03 PM
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    no problem man.
     
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