The Importance of Struts and Shocks

Your vehicle should always be in the best working condition possible. An annual inspection of your vehicle’s suspension and steering components can prevent these components from getting to an unsafe condition.  Ignoring a problem will only make it worse in the long run. Sometimes the vehicle handles differently if the struts and shocks are starting to wear out. You may notice this because the ride will become rough and bouncy. You may also hear noises as you go over bumps or railroad tracks. 

The struts and shocks are important to provide you and your passengers with a smooth and comfortable ride. If you notice that hitting even the slightest bump makes your car bounce side to side, it could be the struts and shocks. A strut-type suspension will have struts that are the shock absorbers mounted inside coil springs. This also helps to control the amount of bouncing created by bumps, dips, or rough spots in the road and making a hard or sudden stop. When the struts and shocks are severely worn out, the vehicle will kind of keep moving up and down. You will get the Bobble Head effect. Also be aware of the amount of weight you are carrying in your vehicle. With heavy loads, especially on rough roads, the struts and shocks will wear quicker. 
Poor shocks can impair your safety when you drive. If you must slam on the brakes or make a sudden stop, the shocks will not absorb the force. The brakes put force on the wheels to stop them, which allows all that weight to come to a sudden stop with the suspension. When the shocks are in less than ideal condition, they will reduce the ability to absorb the force when your vehicle stops. It will also take longer for your vehicle to come to a full and complete stop as well. Along with braking, you may start to notice issues with steering because it may not respond as it otherwise should. If the steering is out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for these issues. Doing so will help you have a safer and more reliable car when you drive!

Sometimes bushings and other parts of the suspension can wear out. This may include tie rods, control arms, or sway bar links. If the tires are poorly aligned, it can also increase the symptoms of a rough and uncomfortable ride. When the tires are aligned, you can have a smoother ride, as well as efficient mileage. 
Be aware of any problems that the vehicle might have. If you hear an odd noise, or notice the vehicle handles differently, make sure to contact us.

We are here to help you maintain a safe and reliable vehicle. Gives us call or make an appointment request at https://www.robinwoodauto.com

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