When to Replace Shock Absorbers

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Do You Know When to Replace Your Shock Absorbers?

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When to Replace Shocks

Shock absorbers are basically springs in a vehicle’s suspension that absorb bumps and other road shocks by compressing, the shock absorbers control the amount of bouncing created when the springs rebound/reload.

Several warning signs can tell you when shock absorbers need replacing, such as your car touches bottom over speed bumps or dips in the road or keeps bouncing well after. Other signs maybe unusual noises over bumps, excessive body lean in turns or that the front end of the car dives sharply in hard braking. Because shocks wear out gradually, you might get used to a looser, bouncier ride, much like you get used to longer stopping distances as brake pads wear out.

One way to test shocks is to push down hard on each corner of a vehicle. If the car continues to bounce after you let go, your shocks need replacing.

You should have a qualified mechanic check your shock absorbers when your car is on a lift, such as when you have tires repaired or replaced. The mechanic will be able to see if there are major leaks  because shock absorbers are filled with fluid, worn mounts etc.

Despite advice to replace shocks at specific intervals, such as every 50,000 miles, when you need to do it can vary by vehicle and how and where you drive. If you frequently drive over rough, pockmarked roads that put more stress on the shock absorbers, then you will probably need to replace them more often than if you drive mainly on smooth pavement. Carrying heavy loads also will wear out shocks faster.

Longer stopping distance when braking.

Worn shock absorbers on your vehicle can increase your stopping distance by up to 20%. As you increase your travelling speed this will also increase the distance it takes your vehicle to completely stop.

Swerving & nose-dives when driving your car.

Does your car dip or swerve under braking? If so you need to have your shock absorbers checked. If you do dip or swerve under braking it decrease your control over the car which can be very dangerous in wet weather.

Vibrations the steering wheel as you’re driving

Are you getting vibrations through the steering wheel as you’re driving along? If your shocks are working properly they should keep your tyres in optimal contact with the road and there shouldn’t be any vibrations. If this problem occurs you need to be cautious, at high speeds the vibrations can be more intense and decreasing overall control of the vehicle.

Rocking & rattling in vehicle unexplained noises.

If your vehicle rattles and rocks over bumps, railway tracks and un-even surfaces it is highly likely your shocks are heavily worn. Along with an unpleasant ride this rocking and rolling can be putting unwanted pressure on other car components and should be seen to as soon as possible.

Uneven wear on tyres.

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If you see bald patches or uneven wear on your tyres? This usually means your tyres don’t have optimal contact with the road, which can be caused by worn shocks. This will have an affect on car control and tyre grip or both should be checked and replaced.