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Your car or truck’s suspension system is what ensures a safe and comfortable ride, even when the road ahead is rough. But just like any of your car’s critical operating systems, your suspension needs professional service in order to do its job. If you’re experiencing a bumpier ride than usual or your vehicle seems to be swerving more than normal when you change lanes, then you may need to have your suspension looked at.
Thanks to the constant motion of your car or truck, your vehicle’s shocks, which provide measured resistance when your wheels bounce or your chassis turns, can wear out after several years of use. With shock service from Auto Repair Technology Inc, you’ll get back the smooth ride you’ve been missing.
You need new shocks (and/or struts) if your original shocks (or struts) are worn out, damaged or leaking. Leaking is easy enough to see (just look for oil or wetness on the outside of the shock or strut) as is damage (broken mount, badly dented housing, etc. But wear is often more of a subjective thing to judge. There are also instances where the original equipment shocks may not be worn, damaged or leaking, but may not be adequate for the job they’re being asked to do. In such cases, upgrading the suspension with stronger, stiffer or some type of special shock (or strut) may be recommended to improve handling, for trailer towing, hauling overloads or other special uses.
Shocks and struts do not require replacing at specific mileage intervals like filters or spark plugs, but they do wear out and eventually have to be replaced. How long a set of original equipment shocks will last is anybody’s guess. Some original equipment shocks may be getting weak after only 30,000 or 40,000 miles. Struts usually last upwards of 50,000 or 60,000 miles.
One way to evaluate your need for new shocks or struts is to consider how your vehicle has been handling and riding lately. Does it bounce excessively when driving on rough roads or after hitting a bump? Does the nose dip when braking? Does the body roll or sway excessively when cornering or driving in crosswinds? Does the suspension bottom out when backing out of the driveway or when hauling extra passengers or weight?
A “bounce test” is still a valid means of checking the dampening ability of shocks and struts. If the suspension continues to gyrate more than one or two times after rocking and releasing the bumper or body, your shocks or struts are showing their age and need to be replaced.
Shocks and struts are generally replaced in pairs — though this isn’t absolutely necessary if only one shock or strut is leaking or has suffered damage at a low mileage.
Most struts require a fair amount of suspension disassembly and the wheels must usually be realigned after replacing a strut. For this reason, you’re probably better off letting a professional replace your struts.
If you have any questions regarding your vehicle’s suspension, or any question regarding the maintenance of your vehicle, just give us a call. We have been serving the Brook Park, OH area for years, and have learned a thing or two. We would be proud to help you with all of your vehicle maintenance problems!