A bad strut makes noise and causes the vehicle to vibrate when it hits bumps. As the wear progresses, the noise often becomes worse. Replacing the strut helps the vehicle handle normally and quiets the noise.
Struts usually fail over time. Although the mileage between replacements varies, most need replacement at between 70,000 and 80,000 miles. Most drivers note a marked improvement in the handling of the vehicle when a bad strut is replaced.
Driving with bad struts increases the wear and tear on other components of the vehicle's suspension system. Ignoring the noise and vibration caused by a bad strut places additional stress on these components that can also cause them to fail.Learn More
A vehicle can make a chirping noise when a belt is loose or slipping. This can occur as the belt becomes worn down and cracked.Full Answer >
The most common signs of a bad car battery include the vehicle backfiring, dimming of headlights while driving, problems with electrical systems in the car and the vehicle not starting. These issues arise at any time. It is important to monitor the lifespan of a battery and ensure that connections are not corroded during that period.Full Answer >
A bad universal joint in a vehicle is detected by looking out for signs such as dust and excessive vibration in the prop-shaft. The U-joint cannot be dismantled in most current car models, as it is permanently joined to the prop-shaft, thus requiring the entire shaft to be changed.Full Answer >
One of the most commonly seen symptoms that a car's water pump may be bad is puddling of water or coolant underneath the vehicle. An overheating engine may mean earlier signs were missed or ignored.Full Answer >