2007 Lexus IS250 Front Suspension Strut Assembly Repair in Tualatin, OR

What happens if I don’t get my struts or shocks replaced in pairs? I know I’m supposed to do that but I don’t know what it does if I do.

If your struts or shocks do not match then your performance and the quality of your ride will be poor. It is best to have them replaced at the same time for evenness of use and matching the even wearing of the products.

How do you figure out if I have a problem with my front shocks or struts?

If your vehicle is easily bounced up and down by pushing on it then your struts need replacing. Honestly worn struts are usually noticed when the mechanic or the technician is working on other things. It is usually noticed when they work on wheel alignments.

OK, so I get mixed up all the time between shocks and struts. I don’t know the difference, and to be honest, I’m not sure there is one. Can you help me?

A strut is a part of the suspension system. They also have the responsibility of supporting the weight of the vehicle. There are struts that are also part of the steering system. If they are then they pivot when the steering wheel is turned. Shocks, on the other hand, are not part of the steering system, and they also provide dampening of impacts and bumps. They do this by controlling the suspension movement and controlling the spring.

Is it a difficult process to have a front strut replaced?

The vehicle must be lifted in order to remove the front wheels. After the front wheels are removed then the brake rotor and caliper must also be removed. The sway bar link should also be disconnected at this point as well. The strut can be accessed at this point and it must be disconnected from the strut tower and the steering knuckle. It can be removed from the vehicle once all this is done.

I’ve heard that I should get a wheel alignment after I have this done. Is that true?

The answer is yes. A wheel alignment is a good thing to have done after getting your shocks or struts replaced.

How often do shocks and struts need to be replaced or fixed? I mean, I assume they wear out eventually.

Shocks and struts will eventually wear out. However, there is no consensus on when and where this will happen. There is no mileage count or set amount of time that one can expect to need to replace these parts. It is all dependent on how you drive and where you drive. Struts can need to be replaced anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 miles. However, they should be replaced if the struts are broken or are leaking. Please keep in mind that these should always be replaced in pairs.

How does this front strut attach again?

The strut assembly will bolt to the top of the vehicle body. The connection point is what allows the part to pivot when your IS250’s steering wheel turns. The strut is also connected to the bottom where the lower control arm and wheel hub are via the steering knuckle.

How does this front strut do its thing inside my IS250?

The coil spring provides support for the weight of the vehicle. It has properties that allow the vehicle to absorb bumps and other imperfections in the road. The spring allows the front suspension system to move up and down as needed so that the vehicle remains stable. The shock absorber goes right through the center of the coil spring. It is designed to help absorb bumps and vibrations of the road as well.

If my front or rear shocks are bad then what will my vehicle do? What can I expect?

You will notice that your ride is bumpier than usual. You may develop what is called, “cupped” tire wear is which is very abnormal. You might feel the sensation of body roll as you try to round corners in your IS250. Another telltale sign is your vehicle’s nose dipping towards the ground if you accelerate or brake hard. Finally, you may be leaking hydraulic fluid. If the symptoms are ignored then your vehicle will have an increased chance of rolling over when driven. If your front strut is completely broken then do not drive the vehicle as it is too dangerous and unpredictable to drive.

I don’t think that I have enough money to deal with this problem and it worries me. How do I make sure I get this done even if I don’t have it all in cash right now?

We have a program that has approved 95% of the people who walk through the door no matter what their financial situation was at that point. We can probably help you too. Just visit us or call us and find out what we can do for you.

How do I contact you to talk about my Lexus IS250’s problems? Where do I call? Where do I go?

You can call us at 503-692-0846 during business hours. You can also visit us by going to 19460 SW 89th Ave. Tualatin, OR 97062 during regular business hours if you so desire.

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