When you're driving down the road and your car starts to bounce, it's probably time for new shocks or struts. But what are they? This blog post will explain why shocks and struts are important, as well as some helpful tips on how to maintain them so that you can continue to get the most out of your vehicle.
What are Shocks and Struts?
Shocks and struts are parts of the suspension system that help maintain a car's ride height and provide a smooth ride. They reduce the impact shock on your vehicle caused by driving over bumps in the road, or potholes. The shocks and struts are responsible for maintaining the relationship between the wheels and the chassis as it reacts with the steering system to control the vehicle's movement. You control your car's direction using the steering wheel, gear, and other steering components.
The suspension system helps to help maintain vehicle stability by buffering the impact of the irregularities and by absorbing energy from the bumps in the road, even when you're driving on irregular surfaces, such as potholes.
When Do Shocks and Struts Need to be Replaced?
The age or mileage of a vehicle does not determine when shocks and struts should be replaced as it varies from one make and model to another. If you notice any of the following warning signs, it may be time:
- -You're driving on a bumpy road and feel like you are bouncing in the seat rather than riding smoothly
- The car pulls to one side of the road
- There is excessive play in the steering wheel (you can twist it side to side)
- Your tires have uneven wear
- You hear loud vibration noises when driving
Tired of Bouncing Around?
The time for replacing shocks and struts is something that many people do not know how to determine, but it's important because they are vital components of the car suspension system which affect steering, braking, comfort level, safety. If you're tired of bouncing around and fighting to keep your car on the road, it may be time for new shocks and struts.
If you need shocks or struts repair or replacement, give our auto repair shop a call today!