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Well, any dips in the tire indicate soft shocks, they allow the wheel to bounce up and down just a tiny bit, and once the tires get a slight bit of a dip in them, the shocks can't smooth it out and it gets worse. The dip actually causes the wheel to move up and down without the shock controlling it. At least, that's what the tire shops all say so they can sell you shocks.

Yes, it's quite possible that at 74k your shocks are getting worn out, but if the tires made it 45k with no major wear, just a minor feathering, then they're just trying to sell you new shocks and labor to put them in. I wouldn't worry about it one bit. On the other hand, don't be afraid to get the alignment checked every year, as it can go out slightly and also cause tire feathering even though the car still drives straight.

Also, you're kinda nearing end of life for many of the front suspension bushings and stuff. I would expect to need to change control arms and tie rods and things like that sometime in the next two years, but if the car drives straight and doesn't bounce, make noise, or feel squishy, don't worry about it too much.
 
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