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 -
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
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.