Daily Driver Steering/Suspension Life Expectancy - Vintage Mustang Forums

 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Elm Grove, WI
Posts: 425
Daily Driver Steering/Suspension Life Expectancy

About a month ago (based on advice from VMF) I went through the front end of our 2002 Explorer Sport Trac with 97K miles. I had noticed some cupping on the tires so figured it was time for some new shocks. Could not believe the condition of the original shocks. I was able to push them down literally with one finger. Put in some new lower ball joints and sway bar bushings also. Had an alignment done and I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW GREAT THE TRICK DRIVES. It's like brand new.

My wife's DD is a 2007 Ford Edge with 132K miles. Can I expect that the front struts and rear shocks, ball joints, sway bar bushings (all original) are close to meeting the end of their life expectancy? Planning to go through it this weekend. Many thanks -

Bill

Bill
bk10s is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 10:35 PM
Senior Member
 
2nd 66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 3,688
with 132k you have been on borrowed time for 80k

2nd 66 is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 12:43 AM
Senior Member
 
GT289's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,224
More like 100,000 miles over on the shocks.
They're total crap after 30,000 miles on most cars...
and on some cars they're a joke at zero miles.

ex-Global West GM
1991-1995

As the drill sergeant said, "I taught you everything you know. I didn't teach you everything I know."

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
- Douglas Adams
GT289 is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Elm Grove, WI
Posts: 425
Will I need an alignment after replacing struts?
bk10s is online now  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 09:07 AM
Senior Member
 
Grabber70Mach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southern Maryland
Posts: 1,403
Quote:
Originally Posted by bk10s View Post
Will I need an alignment after replacing struts?
Yes
Grabber70Mach is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 10:42 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Lansing, the one in ILLINOIS
Posts: 9,114
Cupping tires is usully related to NOT rotating the tires per the manufacturers recommendation. It is usually 5-6000 miles to 10-12,000 miles

Roddster
67 GT 350: MCA & SAAC Gold winner
67 S code GTA coupe
Roddster is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 12:41 AM
Senior Member
 
Kelly_H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Austin, TX!
Posts: 5,238
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roddster View Post
Cupping tires is usully related to NOT rotating the tires per the manufacturers recommendation. It is usually 5-6000 miles to 10-12,000 miles
Wow! I had no idea it was that often!

(just rotated Jane's tires for the first time back in July... after ~32000 miles of driving LOL)


Calamity Jane 1966 Modified Fastback - Driven semi-daily!
Wrecked and rebuilt even better
289 v8, 4-speed, 3.25 9" rear, goodies and stuff.

See my travel blog here for my adventures: http://calamityjaneroadtrip.blogspot.com/
2014: 10,051 mile, 2-month-long road trip around America
2015: 3,000 mile trip to Knotts in CA, CO to East Coast, an engine rebuild or two
2016: East Coast to TX, Hot August Nights, more trips to the East Coast
2017: Several long trips in the works! Stay tuned
Kelly_H is online now  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 07:10 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,836
I always rotate the tires when I do an oil change, which is usually 5,000 Miles with Synthetic, or 7,000 on my wife's car that sees all highway miles. It's also a great opportunity to inspect everything you don't normally look at, like brakes, CV axle boots (if you have them!), brake lines, etc.

'65 A-code coupe, T-10 4-speed, 8" 3.25 limited slip
stephen_wilson is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Vintage Mustang Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome