HONDA Insight Struts


Struts also known a MacPherson Struts. Struts are a type of shock absorber. Struts are used on the front end of almost all front-wheel-drive vehicles. Struts unlike shocks are an integral part of the vehicle suspension. A complete strut assembly integrates numerous suspension parts into one compact assembly, including the coil spring; spring seats, strut, upper bearing or mount. HONDA Insight struts dampen up and down suspension travel by forcing hydraulic oil through valves in the shocks internal piston. Premium struts are pressurized with nitrogen gas replacing atmospheric air in the shock; this prevents bubbles from forming in the hydraulic oil. Gas struts improve vehicle comfort and control


Besides being a shock absorber a strut is also an integral part of the vehicle suspension, remove the strut and vehicle is inoperative. Struts slow down and reduce the spring’s natural frequency through process known as damping. HONDA Insight struts dampen movement of the vehicle’s springs as they compress and rebound during vehicle travel. Struts influence the vehicle ride, handling and control by keeping the tire in contact with the road.

Maintenance Tips/Suggestions

HONDA Insight struts do not require replace at specific mileage intervals or maintenance. Your vehicle’s struts should be checked annually. Struts wear out slowly and you may not notice gradual losses in ride comfort, handling and control. Excessive bouncing, rocking back and forth, drifting or nose- diving while braking, swaying, or cupping wear on the tires are some signs that your vehicle may have worn Struts. If you are purchasing new Struts for your HONDA Insight consider premium Struts. Upgrading your struts usually improves overall ride quality, control and handling. Warn struts can increase the wear of tires, ball joints, steering linkage, springs and C.V. joints. Some original struts may be getting weak after 40,000 or 50,000 miles.

Failure symptoms

Vehicle continues to bounce after hitting bumps in roadway. Front suspension dives severely during hard braking. Swaying or rolling when at higher speeds. Signs of oil leaking from the shock rod seal. Clunking and banging noises coming from the strut may be signs of internal shock failure or strut mounts.


Severely warn struts can reduce the distance a vehicle takes to stop and handling problems that can lead to skidding.


MacPherson Strut, Strut Assembly, Dampers


HONDA Insight struts are located under the vehicle and near the tire and wheel assembly. They connect from the body to the suspension. Struts are on almost all front wheel drive vehicle and on the rear of many others.


Depending on the year and options your HONDA Insight has, the above information may not apply. Consult with a professional automotive technician or manufacturer for specifics on your HONDA Insight