Suspention

ford

#1

I came home from work and noticed that the shock on my front, passenger side was leaking. I replaced the whole strut assembly. Do I need to replace the other side as well? What will happen if I don’t? My truck is a 2005 F150.


#2

I would, you want both sides of the front suspension to react the same over bumps and curves. Odd handling could otherwise result, not a good thing.


#3

+1 to texases’ recommendation.
On a 9 year old vehicle both struts have gotten a lot of wear, and in addition to the probability that the other strut will also start leaking soon, the immediate problem would be a ride that is very much unbalanced, and handling that could be…unpredictable.


#4

Agree, plus you need to get an alignment anyway. Why do it twice when the other side goes which may not be far behind.


#5

+2 to Texases comment.
The others made good points as well.


#6

Contrary view: Pay close attention to how your truck reacts to suspension motions. Go to a parking lot and do some quick left-right zigs and zags, with and without braking. Any difference? How about going over straight-ahead bumps - any difference in how each front corner reacts? If no difference, I see no need. I had a dealer replace one front strut on a car once. He said it’d be fine, and it was.


#7

Your truck is 10 years old…Replace all 4 shocks, leaking or not…You will not not believe the ride and handling improvement…


#8

+1 to Caddyman’s post.


#9

Would you just replace one shoe because it looked worn but the other one didn’t . Replace just one shock because of leaking it’s almost guaranteed the other side will start leaking in a couple weeks. Or at least that’s they way my luck would run.


#10

+2 to Caddyman’s post.