Your vehicle’s shocks and struts are critical for stability and steering. Like most parts, they deteriorate over time. Keep your vehicle running correctly by knowing when you should replace your shocks and struts.
Why You Need Shocks and Struts
Shocks and struts are a critical part of your vehicle’s suspension system. They work with other suspension system parts to create a safe and comfortable ride.
Shocks and struts help your wheels maintain traction by minimizing bouncing, jolts, and disruptive movements that stop safe driving. Essentially, the shocks and struts keep the weight of your car balanced over bumps and through turns. You have controlled contact with the road even while driving on rough terrain.
What’s the Difference Between Them?
People often refer to shocks and struts interchangeably, but they are different components.
Shocks are individual workings of the suspension that help the coil springs absorb the road’s impact. Your vehicle would bounce out of control without shocks. Basically, they keep the tires in contact with the road instead of bouncing up after you hit a bump.
The strut combines the shock and coil spring into a single unit. Struts offer structural support along with bump and jolt absorption. They replace the upper control arm and ball joint that are in conventional suspension.
Depending on your vehicle, you may have all shocks, only struts, or a combination of the two within your suspension system. Check your owner’s manual for more information about your vehicle’s setup.
When To Replace Your Shocks and Struts
You should have a mechanic check your shock and struts every 12,500 miles. However, you should replace your shocks and struts every 50,000 miles.
It’s important to note that shocks and struts don’t immediately stop working. They slowly deteriorate over time. Aggressive or regularly driving on rough roads weakens your shocks and struts faster. Here are some signs you have worn out shocks and struts:
- Experience a bumpy or rough ride.
- Have leaking fluid on the exterior of the shocks and struts.
- You notice uneven tread wear on your tires.
- Instability while steering—particularly braking and turning problems.
Ensure your suspension system is in tip-top shape with car suspension repair from Wheel and Tire Superstore. Visit our shop or call one of our specialists. We look forward to working with you!