Shocks & Struts

Shocks and struts do offer more comfort in the way a vehicle drives, yes. But did you know they are also designed for safety and traction?

How they work

The shock and strut mechanism is built in a way that actually pushes the tire to the ground for increased stability and traction.

Here’s what you’ll notice in the quality of your ride if your car, truck, SUV or hybrid is developing a shock or strut problem:

  • A generally bumpy or shaky ride, or rebounding more than once
  • Poor steering response, stiffness or noise when steering
  • Instability, or less stability, when braking
  • Swaying or leaning while turning or changing lanes
  • The “clunk”, which is the feeling of a heavy drop after a turn or a lane change

Here’s what we’ll find if shocks and struts are an issue in your car:

  • Noticeable fluid leaks from the sealed mechanism, down the shaft.
  • Shocks, struts or mounts look dented or damaged
  • If your tires show unusual wear patterns

General testing has shown that at around 50,000 miles, original equipment shocks and struts may be worn to the point of needing replacing (depending on vehicle and driving conditions). It’s different for every manufacturer, but in general terms, a 50,000 mile check in on shocks and struts is money well spent for traction, stability…and comfort too!

Give us a call or stop in to talk about the nuance’s you’re noticing in your vehicle’s driving, braking and turning performance. Or, feel free to schedule an appointment so a technician can take a look for you.

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