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I have a 2002 Mazda Protege5 and had a tire blow out on me on the freeway in March. I replaced all of my tires at the dealer, but now have had the same thing happen to me. I managed to get the mechanic and he showed me that all of my tires were dangerously bald (on fairly new tires!). The problem is apparently in the struts. He recommends upgrading the struts which would cost me over 1000. The tires plus wheel alignment and an oil change are already costing me $650. Apparently, my struts should have been changed out at 50,000. My mileage is 68,000. The car has been regularly maintenanced at a Mazda dealer ever since I bought the car new, but the dealer never informed me that it had this problem. I've changed out plenty of things on my Mazda at this dealership for lots of money, but they never mentioned the struts even when I had my first blowout. I feel like I can no longer trust my dealer, but I also don't want to plunk down nearly $2000 on a random mechanic. Can what the mechanic told me be trusted? And is that a fair price?

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Map guidelines do state that struts may be suggested around 50000 miles.I strongly disagree that your struts caused your tires to go bald.Loose front end parts can cause this and a bad 4 wheel alignment. My best advice would be to take to another reputable mechanic. An oil change and alignment should be roughly cost around 100 dollars give or take 30 dollars depending on where your taking you car and your location.

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    Typically a bad strut will cause the tires to get very choppy.The only way I can reasonably see balding problem like this occuring is if the strut actually got bent or the camber adjustment part of the alignment is way out of specification.


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Ask the Mazda dealer, they have a preventive maint list and this should have been fixed before the problem started. Tell him about your tires , he can ck the maint. list and find out what happened. They usually guarntee their work and have insurance to take care of these things also the shop foreman usually ck's their work before the car leaves the shop. Be sure to tell them you bought the car there. In your book that came with the car tells the mechanic what needs to be done and he either initials the work or has a stamp to stamp the book.

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