As part of your suspension system, a vehicle has shocks or struts for stabilization when driving. Shock and strut condition are important for good handling and the main component is a hydraulic cylinder that smooths out the road bumps. Shocks facilitate steering by absorbing the shock of rough roads. Struts are a structural part of a vehicle’s suspension system and affect alignment. Struts act like shock absorbers and as part of the suspension, wear differently than shocks. When we replace your struts, you’ll also need a wheel alignment.
So, how do you know when shocks and struts need replacement? If your vehicle is hard to steer properly when the road is even just a little rough or bounces uncomfortably, it’s time to change your shocks or struts. Does your car lurch forward when you brake? Struts are a structural part of your vehicle and can result in other problems beyond suspension. Damage happens gradually over time, which may make it hard to pinpoint the problem, but an unusually bumpy ride is probably a sign that you need to bring your car in to get the shocks or struts replaced.
Bring your car in for a maintenance check if you experience the following:
- Steering Problems
- Braking Problems
- Bumpy Uncomfortable Ride
- Unusual Tire Tread Wear
- Fluid Leaks
Performance shocks can be installed to increase performance, or change the ride height of a vehicle. We can recommend specific types of shocks for different vehicle applications and driving situations, including installing high performance shocks.
Carrying heavy loads, driving on rough side roads and mileage can accelerate the need for replacements. There are other potential problems among suspension system parts and components that could cause handling issues, so having a regular maintenance checkup by one of our experienced mechanics is important for road safety.
We will be happy to answer any questions you have about vehicle suspension and make sure your car or truck is safe to drive. Call us for advice on shocks or a maintenance visit!