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I have been told that I need to change the struts and shocks. No visible sign of leaking. Alignment seems fine and drives smooth. Am I missing something?

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If its bouncy they are bad

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Parts on cars do not last forever and replacing struts and shocks usually are recommended about every 80,000 miles.They have the job of keeping the tires in contact with the road,and bad shocks can be a safety issue like poor braking performance.

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