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2005 Subaru Forester (Natl) X 4dr 2.5 Manual

2005 Subaru Forester (Natl)
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All Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 4WD Sport Utility
23 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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October 25, 2012, 11:48 am

Lynn B

Question: Struts or shocks

Feels Like>> Abnormal steering>> Only at certain speeds>> No>> Around 60 on the highway vehicle becomes a little difficult to control. Should the struts be changed? They have not been.

November 3, 2012, 8:35 am

Ron W
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Mostly struts go bad in one of two ways. Either they leak fluid or they allow too much bounce. The fluid is a visual inspection. The bounce issue is usually noticed while driving over bumps or people say their car seems to "float" down the highway.

I recommend a front end/suspension check to look for looseness or wear. Both of those things can cause sloppy steering, vibrations, pulls, and rough riding conditions.

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