Why Shocks and Struts are Important
Shocks and Struts
Understanding your vehicles Shocks and Struts
You are driving down the road and you hit a bump and it is uncomfortably rough. Ouch! This is a sign that the shocks and struts in your vehicle may need inspection by a local mechanic. These parts are important to maintaining a healthy vehicle because they are meant to evenly distribute the weight over all four tires to improve handling and to protect your other suspension and steering parts. Imagine how quickly parts can wear down if the weight of the vehicle is improperly weighing down on them.
Signs that your shocks and struts need replacement
The life of a shock or strut is anywhere between 50k-75K. Here is a list of signs that you may need to have your shocks and struts replaced.
1. Excessive Bouncing – It is not possible for all bumps and cracks in the road to be suppressed but your car should move smoothly down the road. You should not feel small imperfections in the road.
2. Leaking – Shocks and struts have hydraulic fluid. Overtime the seals can become worn and cause leaks causing the shock or strut to not function properly.
3. Noises – When noises are heard while driving over bumps this could be a sign that you should have your shocks and struts inspected by a local mechanic shop. Usually your front Shocks or struts will be the first to go because your engine is one of the heaviest parts in your vehicle weighing an average between 500-600 pounds.
4. Squatting Appearance – Have you ever driven past a vehicle that leans far forward in the front or far backward in the back? Well, this is not always a sign of a low rider. This could be a sign that the person has worn shocks and struts. When they accelerate the vehicle will lower in the back and when they stop the vehicle will lower in the front. In addition, when stopped, you may see that the wheel well hides the upper portion of the tire on vehicles with badly worn shocks or struts. This squatting appearance is a clear sign that the parts need replacement.
5. Uneven Tire Wear – It is important to have your shocks and struts inspected prior to getting new tires. Poorly function shocks and struts can cause uneven tire wear.
Do you need to replace all Four shocks and struts at the same time?
No, you do not need to replace all four shocks and struts at the same time. If there is a budget constraint, we recommend that you replace them in pairs by replacing the two front or the two back.
You do not want to only replace one because it is important to maintain an even height and proper weight distribution.
Scheduling an Inspection
If you are unsure about the condition of your shocks and struts you can contact a mechanic near by and they can inspect your vehicle. An inspection will include a drive test and then getting the vehicle up on an automotive lift to inspect for signs of wear or damage such as leaks or broken components. Most shops will do this type of inspection for free and provide a free estimate as well.
To schedule your free shocks and struts inspection please schedule online at www.nicholsautorepair.net or call us at 303-421-1414.
5030 Kipling St.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033