The suspension components on your vehicle are designed to wear over time to keep your vehicle as comfortable as possible. Your struts, axles, motor mounts, bushings, and joints will all need to be replaced at some point to bring your suspension system back into factory like condition. Today, we are going to look at how long certain suspension components last and how GSP can help you with upgraded replacement parts.
How Long Do Certain Suspension Components Last?
The struts in your vehicle are responsible for absorbing most of the bumps you feel when driving down the road. They work by using hydraulic fluid to compress and decompress to allow your wheel to move up and down while keeping your chassis as comfortable as possible.
Factory struts are going to last anywhere from 50,000 miles to 100,000 miles depending on the strut, vehicle, and the type of roads you are driving down. For those who drive on hasher roads, you can expect your struts to wear quicker. If you are doing mainly highway driving, your struts will most likely last longer. Upgrading to GSP AdvantEdge struts will give you a higher quality strut than the factory while retaining factory-like fitment.
The role of your CV axles is to allow your wheels to move up and down while being powered by the transmission. A CV axle will have a single shaft with a joint in each end to allow for suspension flex.
Factory CV axles will last about 70,000-130,000 miles, depending on how you drive the vehicle. Much like any other suspension component, the type of driving you are doing will ultimately determine how long they last.
The wheel hubs on a vehicle are responsible for giving the wheels a mounting surface while providing a smooth rotation for the wheel. Inside a wheel hub is a wheel bearing that spins smoothly on the steering knuckle. When this deteriorates, you will notice a metal-on-metal sound or squeaking while your car is in motion
Most wheel hubs will last about 100,000 miles, so you should only have to replace them once or twice in the lifetime of the car. They are not serviceable or maintainable so they will simply need to be replaced when they wear out.
The motor mounts on your vehicle are the connecting point between your engine and your vehicle's frame. The engine produces vibrations while it is running, so a bushing is used in the motor mount to prevent the vibrations from being transferred to you and your passengers.
Motor mounts usually last about 5-7 years depending on how often you use your vehicle and the type of climate you are in. Over time and with exposure to the elements, your motor mounts can become brittle and either rip or deteriorate, causing clunking and vibrations.
Bushings are found throughout your vehicle from suspension components to chassis mounts. Bushings can last up to 15 years depending on where they are located and the climate you are in. Bushings can quickly deteriorate in harsh climates or overused components.
Suggestions for Suspensions
It is always recommended to perform routine maintenance to ensure your vehicle is operating at factory specifications and there is no sign of damage or wear present. Ensure your vehicle is ready for the road with GSP.