Driving a vehicle that has worn shocks and struts can be more dangerous than you might assume. Most drivers don't realize how risky it is. It can increase how much time you need to stop and give you less control over your car in general. Since the changes happen gradually over time, it may not even be easy to notice but it's an important thing to pay attention to.
What Do Shocks and Struts Do?
They can be used independently or together. A shock is an individual part while a strut combines a shock and other parts to make one unit. Their main purpose is to stabilize your vehicle.
They're the reason why your ride can feel so smooth even when there are little bumps all over the road. They help you have control over your vehicle and stop you from bouncing all over the road while you're driving.
Their lifespan depends on how rough your ride is. If you hit a lot of speed bumps too hard or have a particularly bumpy commute, their lifespan is going to be shorter.
Signs of Worn-Out Shocks and Struts
Since it isn't always easy to tell when your shocks or struts are getting worn, here are some signs that indicate they need to be changed:
Unstable on the highway
Bouncing on the road
Leaky fluid outside the shocks or struts
Pulling to the left or to the right
Front of the car tipping up during acceleration
When you do get them replaced, there are options that you can explore. Depending on how and where you drive, there may be replacements that are better suited for you. Consider talking to a mechanic about which ones are good quality and best suited to you.
If you keep an eye out for these signs of worn-out shocks and when you do get them replaced, get good quality ones that are suited to your routine so you'll be safer on the road, have better control of your vehicle and you'll be able to get more use out these parts before they need to be replaced again.
If you need your shocks or struts replaced, bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!