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Rear struts failed after dealer put car on lift.

2004 Hyundai Accent hatchback. Rear struts failed after the dealer service dept put it up on the lift to change the oil. They told me that it happens a lot with this year/model. When the car is lowered, the struts don't "mesh", and need to be replaced. I'm having a hard time believing this. Can you tell me if you have heard of this before?

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You have a reason to be doubtful. very seldom would something like that occur unless the srut was near it's peak functionming and starting to fail. the strut is always under pressure because of the spring so " not meshing sounds bogus to me. i have been a mechanic for over 20 years and i can't give you one example of this happening on your model of car or any other models. to be quite honest a strut that fails only after 4-5 years very seldom happens to begin with. but does happen. my advice is to take it to a small shop whjere the quality of work is better and the cost cheaper and have them examine it. let me know what they say and get back to me. just click my user name on this site i will be more than happy to help you further if there is more questions that you have

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NEVER HEARD OF THIS. THINK THEY ARE PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES, THEY BROKE IT MAKE THEM FIX IT.

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I had the same thing happen with our 2001 Elantra GT. I had the car up on jackstands to change the brakes but the tool I had to compress the rear brake pistons was incorrect so I left the car up for 24 hours. When I finished the job the next day all 4 struts had lost their gas charge. It's an issue with leaving them extended past their normal travel range. Now I do one wheel at a time & jack the wheel up compressing the strut rather than lifting the car & having the strut extent.

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I had the same thing happen to my 2004 Accent. Went in to have tires rotated yesterday. Picked it up before closing and bounced on home. Checked the air pressure in the tires and the rear driver (with the bad strut) registered at 22 lbs. Rear passenger 27 lbs. Both front at 33 lbs. Put them all right and took a test drive and bounced even more. Went to another shop this morning and the tech told me that they have seen this before. When they put it on the lift, it over-extends the strut and they have to be replaced. I know it has 84,000 on it but seemed fine at first. Thank God I hit an honest one this time. Large franchise (Tire Kingdom). The Port Orange shop took me for a ride (literally). The DeLand shop straightened things right out. I'll go back there for now on!!! Really though, sounds like a Hyundai problem and should be addressed!!!

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It just happened today. I took my wife's 2004 Hyundai Elantra to Sears for tires and alignment. When I drove it home it was a roller coaster of a ride. When I took it back to Sears the next morning, they test drove it and pushed down the corners of the car and told me all four struts were frozen. I took it to a mechanic I know that owns a shop and he verified all struts were shot. This happened with only 76,000 miles. My wife drives to work and back and puts about 3,000 mile on a year. I then drove it to my Hyundai dealer where I started to tell him the story and he asked "They put it on a lift right?". Since the car has such low milage and is only out of warranty by a few months, I am trying to get an exception through warranty services.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

  • jstrohsahl Jun 18, 2009

    Correction: 2004 Hyundai Elantra that had strut failure at Sears had 15,760 miles not 76,000.

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