Complete Strut Assemblies are growing in popularity for both manufacturers and consumers. One might ask – Why replace the whole assembly when only the strut has failed? Surprisingly there are several reasons. The Complete Strut Assembly typically costs twice as much if not more but in all likelihood will save you money right away as well as further down the road (no pun intended).
Whether replacing these components yourself or paying a mechanic to do the work, the advantages of using the Complete Strut assembly are immediate – no special tools are required. This makes the job for the typical Do it Yourselfer quite easy as there is no spring compressor required. At a garage you “should” typically see lower labour times; you might find that the extra money spent on the Complete Strut Assembly is equal to the money saved from the reduced labor costs to install it.
Other advantages of installing the Complete Strut Assembly on your vehicle are numerous. Getting a new spring is going to refresh your suspension and last longer than your old spring. This is because your old spring has sat under the weight of the vehicle for numerous years causing the spring to sag, corrode, and weaken over time. This causes your vehicle to sit slightly lower which changes the suspension geometry. Driving on a failed strut puts the spring to work even more as it is taking on all the forces of the road without the help of the strut to back it up. Other components of the Complete Strut Assembly include the upper strut plate, bump stop and rubber boot. These are all components that wear out typically because of corrosion and dirt contamination. Replacing these components when tackling this kind of job is always a good idea; the failure of a small component like this shortly after the fact is a kick in the pants for obvious reasons.
The choice is clear when a Complete Strut Assembly is available for your vehicle. The Complete Strut Assembly is a money and time saving component. It is typically the most significant suspension part, and a great way to get your vehicle to ride like new.