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Replace One Front Strut?


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On my 98 ETC, with 61,000 miles, the dealer replaced the left front strut, under warranty, because it was leaking. I have heard that you always replace front suspension parts in pairs. Is this safe?

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It's safe, but it's not very smart. You car will handle funny because 1 strut will be stiffer than the others. Some things have to be replaced in pairs, like brake pads. You can't even buy a single brake pad, they come in pairs. If you got a set of passive struts, they would also come in pairs. Besides if one side started leaking, it won't be long until the other side starts leaking too.

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Get them to replace both. I tried doing the cheap way on my 91 Fleetwood and woooooo, what a bone head mistake. Under hard braking, the right side of the car would sink farther than the left side ;) . Do both, it will be much better :D .

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