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When Should You Put New Shocks or Struts in Your Car

When Should You Put New Shocks or Struts in Your Car

Look for Breakdown Evidence from your Shock or Strut

Unlike things like spark plugs, shocks and struts don’t need to be replaced after a certain amount of miles have been driven. However, they do get affected by wear and tear, so they periodically do need replacing. It’s time to replace your shocks, struts, or both if you notice that the originals are damaged, leaking, or otherwise have become worn out. It’s not hard to see leaks, all you need to look out for is any oil or wetness on the outer part of the shock/strut.

Damage is also easy to spot, just look for a broken mount or any dents in the housing. Sometimes the shocks that came with your car originally aren’t necessarily worn out or damaged, though they may no longer be sufficient for the demands you put on your vehicle. If this is the case, you will want to upgrade your suspension system with some heavier duty shocks or struts to ensure that your vehicle performs as you need it to. So if there’s no noticeable wear on your shocks/struts, how do you know when it’s time to replace them? 

This can be a bit tricky; since the damping effect lessens very gradually, oftentimes you won’t even notice that the ride seems a bit bumpier. But if you observe how your car performs, you can learn to tell when it’s time for a replacement. Pay attention to the sounds in your car, if you hear any kind of rattling or thumping sound, it could mean that the strut and the body of your vehicle are coming in contact because the cushion has worn out. Also, pay attention to how your car handles on rough or bumpy terrain, does it seem to bounce a lot more than it should? 

Do you sway a lot when taking tight corners? 

Another indicator is if the nose of your car dips when you hit the brakes.


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Submitted by A&A Webmaster: February 20, 2015

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