SHOCKS and STRUTS
Shocks and struts are one of the critical components that control your vehicle’s steering, stopping and stability. As they begin to wear or degrade, they lose their ability to control lean or sway and provide tire grip or adhesion when encountering bumps. A shock absorber's firmness or control affects the rate of weight transfer from one side to another in a turn and while braking. Worn shocks or struts will increase your vehicles braking distance and can reduce the steering precision. Excessive weight transfer from bad shock absorbers can cause the unloading tire to pass from sticking to slipping or sliding, very abruptly. A loss of stability and vehicle control can compromise your vehicle’s safety and the safety of the passengers who ride with you. It’s important for drivers to understand that shocks and struts play a critical role in their vehicle’s safety.
Remember, properly functioning shocks and struts will:
- Keep your tires on the road
- Give the vehicle a comfortable ride
- Help maintain alignment
- Stabilize the vehicle
- Prolong the life of other parts of the suspension
When a shock or strut is not operating properly, you may notice several warning signs:
- Your car will continue to “rock” after hitting a bump
- Your car’s ride will begin to feel bouncy or mushy
- Nose dives on hard braking
- Excessive fluid leakage
- Broken or worn bushings
- Unusual tire wear
Because these changes occur gradually over time, they may be difficult to notice. Kwik Kar can inspect your shocks and strut for you anytime.