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A mechanic said the right front strut was leaking. I have noticed that there was a great deal of road noise, so i had costco check the tires. They said there was an alignment problem on the right front side. Could it be both problems? Would a leaking strut be obvious if I climb under the car? Is changing a strut something I can do myself if I have the equipment?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA NinjaBarbie, Yes, it could be both issues, I recommend that you take this to a professional. The replacement can be an extensive procedure, and should not be performed by someone who is not certified.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Ninjabarbie, When you have a bad strut you will probably notice that the vehicle rides harder. In other words, there is no bounce cushion. The strut is basically like a shock absorber inside a large spring. The strut could be filled with gas or oil. If it's oil and you see that the shock looks really wet, then it's leaking. For gas you'd have to see if the height looks lower on that side. This is not a job that you can do yourself without a lift and possibly a spring compressor. It's best left to a professional. Lori Johnson

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