Do I need to replace a rusty suspension in my car?

My Acura, which is now almost 15 years old, still rides pretty well (the engine purrs like a kitten at 215,000 miles), but my mechanic says the suspension is rusting. Do I need to replace a rusty suspension in my car?

Rachel Rigolino · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Wow—that is impressive! You must have taken very good care of your
. Now, you didn’t indicate which part of your car’s suspension the mechanic was referring to. While surface rust on a strut doesn’t mean you must replace it, if your Acura is that old with the original struts, it’s overdue for new ones. Shocks/struts can last up to 10 years, but you’re well past that point.
Here are some symptoms of bad struts that you may have noticed:
  • Difficulty braking
  • Accelerated wear on tires
  • Problems with handling, especially on turns
Assuming this is what your mechanic is talking about when he says your suspension is rusty, you’ll want to replace your struts as soon as possible.
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