Shocks and Struts are an integral part of your car’s suspension system. They play a key role in keeping the tires and wheels of your vehicle grounded on the road for greater stability and provide smooth steering, precision handling and passenger comfort.
Shock absorbers work to keep the car from bouncing. Struts are a structural part of the suspension system that provide the foundation on which to mount the coil spring which is what maintains the height of the vehicle. The shocks and struts work in tandem to ensure the safety, performance, and comfort of the vehicle.
- Healthy Shocks and Struts ensure the safety, performance, and comfort of the vehicle
- Shocks and Struts are integral components of your vehicle’s anatomy and they need checked every 50,000 miles
There are a few thing to look out for when it comes to knowing if your shocks and/or struts need to be replaced.
Does the road feel bumpy and/or uneven?
Yes, road conditions can be a bit harrowing in Colorado this time of year. But if the road seems bumpier than usual. Your shocks and/or struts may need to be looked at. When they aren’t working properly, tire movements and road surfaces will send vibrations throughout the vehicle, including the interior, making your ride bumpy and uncomfortable. This can also increase the noisiness of the vehicle and decrease its overall performance.
Do you Rock n’ Roll?
No, I’m not talking about cranking up your stereo. I’m talking about your car rocking and rolling from side to side during turns or shifting of weight. This can cause serious issues as the uneven shifting in weight may cause your tires to come off the ground in a turn.
If you happen to notice this effect, it is best to get your shocks and struts checked out and replaced (if needed) immediately. Until then, slow down significantly in a turn and reduce any extra weight your vehicle may be carrying.
Do you bottom out?
If your vehicle bottoms out, it could mean that your vehicle’s shocks and struts are so weak that the springs are collapsing. This can be very dangerous as you could lose control of your vehicle.
Is your vehicle hard to handle?
Have you noticed that your vehicle’s steering is more difficult to handle on the freeway, in wind gusts, or just overall bad road conditions? This could be a tell-tale sign that your shocks and struts may need to be replaced.
It is recommended that you get your shocks and struts replaced every 50,000-60,000 miles to ensure the safety of your vehicle and the comfort of your ride.
Is your vehicle due for shocks and struts check-up – Read our article When to Replace your Struts and Shocks ? If so, you can schedule an appointment now.