Do You Need Boots on Struts?

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The strut is part of your suspension and acts like a shock absorber. Learn whether or not you need boots on struts with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video on auto repair.

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Hi, I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Today, we're going to talk about your Macpherson strut and whether or not it should have a boot on top of it. The boot on this strut is in place. I've seen many that have fallen off or don't exist at all. The strut is part of your suspension. In essence, it's a shock absorber. A shock absorber becomes a strut when it becomes an integral part of your suspension. This particular strut has a boot on it and I would say it's a good idea if your strut has a boot to try to keep it in place. It keeps out weather. It keeps out dust, debris, moisture, what have you. If we could look underneath the boot we can see that there's a chrome shaft. This is the top of your strut or your shock absorber. Around this shaft is a seal. It's there to keep high pressure gases and oils inside the strut. If this seal was to become damaged from debris on the outside, it would leak and ruin your struts. So I think it's a good idea to keep the boots on your struts. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


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