My Acclaim, 135,000 miles, began making a noise in the left front tire area several days ago. The mechanic says that the struts need to be replaced but did not have any in stock. The shop can have them in tomorrow, but I have to take my child to a doctor’s appt. tomorrow - about 400 miles round trip. Question: will we be safe driving with worn struts, and will we be doing any permanent damage to the car?
The struts have probably been gradually going bad for a long time. It’s incremental and you become accustomed to a bad ride; up to a point.
A few hundred miles more will probably not hurt anything at this point.
If the car is not riding like a ping-pong ball I think you’ll be ok for now.