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I own a 2003 RX 300 and ws told that I needed new struts in the front. However, I only have 56,000 miles on the vehicle. Could this be true?

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Here is how to tell if you have bad strut on ANY car. Go to the corner of the car with the suspected bad strut. Start pushing down on the car to get it moving up and down. Keep pushing to get it moving up and down pretty good and then push down one last time and stop. If the struts are good, your car will bounce up then down and then stop. If it keep moving more than that, the struts are bad.

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