Why Not to Buy a Cheap Quick Strut Assembly for Your Car

Rev up your engines,
today in an attempt to save you money and still have quality parts at the same time,
I’m going to talk about quick struts on your car,
now when your car rides poorly and your struts are worn out,
a lot of guys are scared of changing them out because they’re worried they’re going
to be injured compressing the spring, taking it apart and putting it together,
so many people think about buying these quick struts that come with all the pieces you need,
instead of just buying the shock absorbing part like this,
and taking the old one apart and reusing the spring, and reusing the strut mount and all
the other pieces over, now changing out the strut assembly by using
a quick strut is a lot easier, all you have to do is take off a few bolts
here, the brake line, and then these two giant bolts
top and bottom, and then you go to the top back inside the
car, and you just remove 1,2,3 bolts and the whole
assembly then just slides out, and you slide the new one in, so it’s an easy
job, and you don’t have to deal with these dangerous
springs when their compressed, like this illustrates, and if you make a mistake taking these apart,
these springs can be dangerous, don’t try this at home but watch what can
happen, now there is one big problem with these quick
struts, how do you know if your getting good ones,
now I’ve been a mechanic for 50 years and people are always asking me, Scotty how do
you know you’re getting a good part or not, well it’s called experience,
I’ve seen companies come, I’ve seen them go, I’ve seen good companies go bad,
I’ve seen good companies stay the same, I’ve seen new companies that were good,
I’ve seen new companies that were horrible, so the only way you can tell is by actual
experience with those parts, so in that case, this Leacree company sent
me a pair of struts for my wife’s Lexus, so rather than you taking a chance with these
things, I have in an experiment, so I put two of them
on my wife’s Lexus, and you have to realize that even those this
Lexus is 17 years old, it still has the original struts and it still rides perfectly fine,
but was doing this as an experiment, and being a professional mechanic with all
my air tools it only took be about 45 minutes to replace them both then I drove it around,
and guess what, it rode worse than it did with the 17 year
old original struts, and as a double blind of this experiment,
I didn’t tell me wife what I did to her car, so she drove it around and a couple of days
later she said, boy my car is really riding poorly whats going
on here, I explained to her I had put these Chinese
made aftermarket struts on her car and she said put the old ones back on it was working
fine that way, so I put the old ones back on, then she was
happy because it was riding perfect again, but being curious of course, I’m wondering
why do these brand new beautiful looking ones with all new parts work worse than ones were
17 years old, well here’s what I found,
well first I measured the spring diameter of the quick strut,
and that was 14.9 millimeters, then I measured the spring diameter of the
factor struts, and it was 13.6 millimeters,
so the new quick strut assembly had thicker springs than the factory one,
you might think thicker is better, no it’s going to make it ride rougher,
these guys at Lexus spent a lot of time designing the correct springs for their cars,
they don’t want thicker springs, that’s what you got, it rode rougher, I saw
it rode rougher, my wife who didn’t even know I changed them said it rode rougher, not a
good idea if you want to get a good ride in a fancy car,
and I also noticed the car was sitting higher, it wasn’t sitting the same way it was designed,
then I looked at their directions and it says, oh warning your car might sit higher when
you put these on, well that’s crazy they’re obviously not made
correctly, I took the quick strut apart, this is the
quick strut mount, and this is a factory OEM strut mount,
when I popped out the bearing of the quick strut one,
it came apart and had these cheesy little ball bearings inside,
but when I took out the factory one the bearing is a sealed unit, it’s sold and much better
made, it’s going to last a lot longer and it’s going to ride better,
plus when I measured the depth where the top of the strut rod sits on the new unit,
that was 14.6 millimeters, but on the OEM strut mount, it was 21 millimeters,
so of course that’s going to sit differently so that’s probably why the thing rode higher,
I mean the whole thing was just a big mistake but at least it was one that I made to test
out for you and you don’t waste your money doing it yourself,
and sure we all want to save money and this Leacree strut was only $88.29,
while the factory Lexus strut is $793.67, and when it comes to buying these quick struts,
hey you got to do some research beforehand, I found that companies that people have heard
of that have a good image, they had the same kind of reviews, they said
these use to be great but the one I had was a pile of junk it lasted 20,000 miles or it
made noise, research if your thinking about using a quick
strut, now I have seen people use these quick struts
in some situations like they got a car and it’s completely shot, they hardly ride at
all, the struts are leaking and it bounces like
mad, and at least it rides better, sometimes they
do it right before they sell the car or they say, I’m only going to keep it a year, I’ll
put these cheaper ones on and save money and I’ll just live with whatever they do,
but if you want to keep your car a long time and want to have a good ride,
my advice is, get a quality strut cartridge assembly replacement, use the spring and the
suspension bearing on the top over, I got this high quality bearing assembly at
Auto Zone for $63, it was exactly the same as Lexus OEM, so you don’t have to spend $723
for the factory stuff and buy it all, you can replace the parts with quality parts,
just don’t expect a quick strut to be a very good fix if you keep your car for a long time,
because a lot of these manufacturers of these quick struts,
they’re sneaky, some of them say, assembled in USA you know that doesn’t mean that much,
that only means that it could be very cheap parts from China that were just finally assembled
in the United States, and it doesn’t matter where junk is put together,
if it’s junk it’s still going to be junk no matter where you put it together,
now if it says made in the USA there’s very strict laws for that kind of stuff,
but you’ll often see many of these things just say assembled in the USA and that doesn’t
really mean anything when it comes to quality, so now you know a bit more about quick struts
in your car, and you can make a wise decision yourself,
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