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What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

While driving on the road, your vehicle is constantly traveling over bumps, uneven surfaces, and road debris. This is why our modern vehicles have suspension systems and components made to specific absorb shock and make your ride smooth and controlled. Two very critical parts of the suspension system are the shock absorbers and the struts, which would together to absorb excessive movement and keep you from having to feel every single bump in the road. 

So, what exactly are shocks and struts? Struts are the component within the suspension system that control spring and suspension movement. They convert kinetic energy into thermal energy, which is dissipated through hydraulic fluid. Because of this process, your vehicle won't bounce up and down on every uneven surface. 

Struts are actually a huge part of the suspension system that helps to dampen shock from the road, much like the shock absorbers, but it also provides overall structural support for the suspension system itself. They typically help support a lot of the weight of your vehicle. 

Since both shocks and struts endure a ton of energy, heat, pressure, and weight throughout every drive, they tend to wear down over time and will need to be replaced. When you do you know when to replace your vehicle's shocks and struts? You'll more than likely notice one or more of the following symptoms when it's time: 

  • Bumpier ride or feeling every bump in the road when driving
  • Car bounces up and down excessively after driving over speed bumps
  • Uneven or excessive tire wear
  • Problems steering, such as a loose feeling when turning

If you notice any of these symptoms, we invite you to Desi Auto Care for an inspection. Typically shocks and struts are replaced together, and getting them replaced when needed is vital to your safety on the road and your vehicle's integrity. Stop by our shop or give us a call today if you need shocks or struts replacement. 

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