When you want increased traction, better cornering and more control on the road, what is the first thing you look at? Probably tires, right? The right set of tires can certainly do a lot to enhance vehicle control, but there are two other components that are equally important when it comes to maximizing vehicle control and minimizing stopping distance. We’re talking about the shocks and struts. At Axleboy, any time we take the tires off, we also check the shocks, struts and brakes.
What do the shocks and struts do?
Shocks and struts play an important role in absorbing jolts and vibrations and making sure your tires have constant contact with the road. As they begin to age and wear out, you will notice your vehicle start to dip, sway, bounce and over-react…making it more difficult to maintain control.
How often do they need to be replaced?
Under normal driving conditions, we recommend that factory shocks and struts be replaced after approximately 50,000 miles, as a routine maintenance item. Vehicles exposed to harsh weather conditions, unpaved roads or winding roads may require more frequent replacements.
Does your vehicle bounce or rock from side to side when you go over even small bumps in the road? When coming to a stop, does your car rock back and forth? Does your vehicle bottom out on speed bumps? These are all possible symptoms of shocks or struts that are under performing.
A completely failed unit will may: Rattle or make knocking noises, Leak hydraulic fluid, Cause uneven tire wear and Create unsafe driving conditions.
If you are noticing any of these warning or complete failure signs, give Axleboy a call at (636)939-5337.