Shocks and struts are some of the major components that provide vehicles with a smooth ride. With worn out shocks, even driving on pavement feels like an off-road adventure.
Common Symptoms of Bad Shocks and Struts
There are a variety of ways that car owners may check the condition of shocks and struts to determine if they warrant replacement.
- If a vehicle continues bouncing after driving over a bump, dip or intersection, these parts are showing wear.
- A vehicle should not rock back and forth when applying the brakes.
- If a vehicle leans or sways when entering an on ramp or when changing lanes, the shocks and struts likely need replaced.
Prolonging the Life of Shocks and Struts
As shocks and struts form the complex steering and suspension system of a vehicle, these parts must function well to provide the occupants with a safe, controlled ride. Vehicle owners may preserve the life of shocks and struts by performing a few simple tasks, including:
- Periodically have the wheel alignment and tire balance checked.
- Continually inspect tire condition and have tires rotated every 6,000 miles or two times annually.
- Have shocks and struts inspected at the same time as tire rotations.
- After accumulating 25,000 miles, shocks and struts typically have wear on the internal parts and commonly need replacement.
Shock absorbers are not repairable and must be replaced when worn. When replacement becomes necessary, shocks and struts must be replaced in pairs. We take pride in offering clients fast, affordable and experienced services. We give vehicle owners the peace of mind in knowing that their vehicle is in capable hands.
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