Struts fail after car put on lift for tires at Sears
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.
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It could be something simple....but have the hub and bearings checked.....does the steering wheel vibrate when you drive? If so defiantly have those checked.....Sometimes it could be a nail in tire or a stone(that is the simple part)
take the car to a suspension specialist shop and have the rear wheels aligned first
have the suspension checked for worn mounts or bad springs
it is very important that the rear end is aligned before the front end
suspect that the suspension rubbers need replacing as it is over 6 years old
the tyre rotation is a myth perpetrated on drivers to sell tyres
when the tyre construction was cross-ply and not radials yes rotation then on cross-ply tyres could get the wear to even out but with radials once the wear is started then the tyre continually wears in that pattern regardless of which wheel it is on
even if you take that tyre of the car and put it on a trailer , it will still continue to wear in that pattern
tyres are no longer rotated but simply put front to back on the same side other wise the belts flex in a new direction in the tread and fail earlier that expected
besides that fact that tyre rotation will not allow you to monitor for suspension problems or wheel alignment problems and cost you 4 tyres at a time instead of two
well, you could make a stink about it and have them replace them. Probably wouldn't be worth the effort, might work a deal and say you'll by the struts but they install.So by putting it on a lift the struts went to full extension and then locked up, thats a new one for me.
Depending on the mileage of the car! Lantra can be a 'high maitenence' car. has it overheated due to the radiator leaking? They blow the head gasket fairly easily! aslo front struts seize. If engine hasnt had regular servicing they sludge up and wear out engine components, engine becomes very tappety and may eventually fail. It all depends if it has been cared for. hopes this helps. Ben
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
once a were pattern is worn in tire s unless you rotate tires to the rear they will keep wearing you should rotate your tires every oil change especially if you do alot of around town driving i am willing to bet you that good year lied to you about the alignment i am sure the dealer put it into spec the first time you just need to rotate them a little more often
i had the alignment done about six months ago at the dealership. Would they have been able to align the car if something was bad? Not sure how they deemed the new tires bad, but they said they moved the tires from left to right and front to back and could control the shimmy and shake. this has went on for about a year. I dont believe the new tires the first time were bad, i believe the rim was bent. I dont know what to do. These tires have about 10000 miles on them, have been balanced twice, a rim was replaced due to them saying it was bent, but yet, the vibration starts at about 55 and gets worse as you gain speed. Can even feel it in the passenger seat in the front as well. Steering wheel shakes. You can actually see your hand shake while you are driving it, but then at times, it seems to go away and start again. Thanks for any suggestions.