The strut mount is an important entity filled with inner shock, bushings, and other supporting component on the car. It is essential to take note of it before driving, whether it is well placed or it hasn’t worn out for proper function of the car and to avoid damages of other important component of the car like tires, transmission, engine etc. When experiencing any of these signals or symptoms below, it’s critical to take proactive measures to have them inspected or replaced as soon as possible. Here are some common signs and symptoms to watch out for so as to identify the state of your Volvo strut mount.
You’ll most likely hear clunking noises when driving on an uneven terrain. Note that strut mounts are solid units that are part of the front end suspension alignment. When it begins to wear out, the suspension will sag and start producing noise that can be detected easily. The noise can come from an area near the front or rear tires, if this is noticed, quickly contact any local ASE certified mechanic so they can test, diagnose and replace the strut mounts.
Floating Front End
Another symptoms to be aware of is a floating front end or when it shifts to one side. This indicate that the front end alignment is faulty which is majorly caused by worn out strut mounts or broken one. If this is noticed on time, it is advisable to replace the strut mount so as to ensure safe driving.
Car Has A Bumpy Ride
Another symptom that require replacing of strut mounts is a rough or bumpy ride. When the strut is faulty or worn out, one of the first thing that happen is a much rougher ride. If this is noted while driving, contact a nearby mechanic so they can road test, diagnose, and replace the strut assembly if need be
Uneven Tire Wear
The front struts hold the entire weight of the car. They are directly connected to the chassis through wheel assembly. When the strut mount is broken or worn out, the car is not absorbing the shock like it should, tires will increase in beating and wear will be uneven since the load is not being absorbed as it should. Fortunately, tire wear is easy to spot and it is one of the visible signs of a bad strut. So, if uneven tire wear is seen, first check the wheel alignment followed. Inspect the strut too. Most importantly it is advisable to have the suspension inspected and fixed first before replacing new tires. You can then have the suspension aligned before replacing the old tires. This will significantly extend the life of the new tires.
Keep in mind that it is important to change strut mount in pairs. This means that if the left strut mount is changed, the right strut must also be changed for proper balance of the canard. Be sure to also replace all other components attached to it for the car to align properly. Then note that when it comes to all Volvo models, timely repairs will always save you money. That is, fix any technical or mechanical issue as soon as you notice it.