Rough ride after transmission service

struts

#1

Hello all:



My 98 Civic EX Automatic with 117k, has a rough ride - a new recent problem. I did not notice it until two days after I got my transmission serviced. So, I got a rebalance and rotation as was recommended by the same shop, but the ride is still bumpy. It feels like my wheels are uneven and bumps in the road seem pronounced. I hate to ask, but could I need new struts?

I feel like a sitting duck.





I appreciate your help - I also appreciated the responses I got on the distributor/engine power questions. I really like this car and am trying not ot give up on it.

Thanks!


#2

Check to see if the tires are overinflated (sticker in door jam)


#3

I’m not saying this is it, and I don’t know why, but if they raised the car and let the struts extend, and they have some wear on them, they can lose their functionality. I had a fuel pump replaced and after being on the lift, the rear struts didn’t have any movement in them at all. Just hard as a rock and had to replace them. So do a bounce test at least to make sure they have normal movement.


#4

Okay thanks oldschool, I will check on that.


#5

Thanks Bing! Would you know if there is a site online where I could get an idea how much new struts should cost? I know someone I trust for the bounce test. I will take it there this weekend.


#6

If the struts are original they are done or well worn out. Bounce test you can perform yourself.


#7

Any of the auto parts store websites (Advance Auto, Autozone, O’Reilly) can give you an out the door cost for the struts. Your mechanic may add a markup, but it is a good ball park on cost as well as availablility. If you do choose to replace, get lifetime warranted parts, to avoid extra costs later if a strut fails prematurely.


#8

Thanks Jayhawk, and everyone for advice. I took it into Midas today, they told me my wheels had been balanced incorrectly. It now rides better, but it was discovered that one of my rims was bent 1/4" out of true - that wheel is now at the rear. So it won’t be perfectly smooth but in their opinion, it’s not a big issue. Midas had no concerns for safety - my rear struts were fine - I did the bounce test beforehand. They just said my front struts may need to be replaced after a year or so. They quoted me $400. +/-. They seem pretty honest.

Several years ago, I had taken a previous car (a Sentra)to this Midas, and one of their technicians said that I needed new struts. When I brought the car back to get the work done, the manager told me that I didn’t need the struts and my drums were just warped. He said that technician no longer worked there b/c he had mislead other customers. I have always appreciated his honesty.