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How To Identify Problems With Your LDV Maxus Top Strut Mount and Bearings

Posted in Vehicle Parts by Goldstar Commercials on March 01st 2019
In most similar-types of vehicles, the top strut mounts are often an overlooked component of the suspension system. In fact, they should be considered as one of the most important parts, working as they do, connecting the coil spring/damper strut assembly to the vehicle’s chassis.

If you drive a LDV commercial van, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to identify issues with an LDV Maxus Top Strut Mount and Bearings before they cause a major issue.

Identifying Issues With LDV Maxus Top Strut Mount and Bearings

First and foremost, make sure you make checks to the suspension arms, ball joints, link bars, anti-roll bar bushes and the track rod ends – if all are in working order, the next natural step will be to check the condition of the strut set up.

An easy way to identify a potential top strut mount failure is when there are creaking, knocking or clunking noises that emanate at low speeds when steering lock-to-lock or the car hits any potholes, speed bumps or rough ground. These are all sure-fire signs of a top strut mount failure, requiring the replacement of your top strut mount.

You shouldn’t have to wait until your LDV Maxus top strut mount and bearings break down before replacing them though – it’s advisable that items such as shock absorbers/dampers are replaced every 50,000 miles to ensure that the suspension system constantly maintains a high level of operational performance.

Treating Premature Failure

With some vehicles, it could be the case that the top strut mount actually fails prematurely due to low mileage. Such failures may be down to a poor design or specification, which has led to the original manufacturers to re-design and upgrade them – things like water and dirt from roads regularly penetrating the bearings of poorly designed parts, causing corrosion and rust, leading to seizure.

Then there’s water ingress to think about – water, whether it’s through jet washing or environmental conditions, will get under wheel arches and possibly into the bearings which will lead to failure. Operating the vehicle in cold weather may also be an issue if water has penetrated the system.

The Importance of Replacing Worn Top Mounts

If you fail to replace your worn LDV Maxus top strut mount and bearings it will have a knock-on effect to other components, such as the shock absorbers and the tyres. Such items can start to wear unevenly and cause the steering to become difficult.

Whilst it isn’t strictly necessary to replace both of the top strut mounts at the same time, it is advisable to do so – not just because it will prove to be more economical, but also because it is a low-cost part that requires much labour to fit. Requiring the struts to be removed and the coil spring to be compressed – replacing both struts at the same time will save you extra work in the future.

When fitted, always remember to check the tracking of the struts and ensure that everything is aligned and set to the vehicle’s correct specifications in order to prevent any further issues from occurring.

Improve Your Vehicle’s Suspension System, With Goldstar Commercials

If you’re searching for high-quality LDV Maxus top strut mount and bearings that will allow your commercial vehicle to operate back at its very best, we have everything you need here at Goldstar.

As a long-established light commercial vehicle company, we have created a wide range of van parts and accessories from numerous brands – some of the very latest models to some brands that no longer produce vehicles or their parts in the UK or Europe, such as the Maxus.

Please feel free to browse our website for the parts you need – if you have any questions about anything you see on our website or on our service in general, we would be pleased to speak with you. Give us a call on 0208 890 2000 or send an e-mail to us at info@goldstarcommericals.co.uk

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