Your vehicle’s steering and suspension system allow’s your tires to move independently of the car while all the time making sure to keep it suspended and stable. Any free motion within these systems results in deterioration and accelerated tire wear. Your vehicle’s alignment will also affect the condition of the steering systems and suspension.
Any parts of the suspension system that may be worn or loose will affect the vehicles ability to control movement as well as alignment angles, resulting in deterioration of your cars ability to handle and stabilize properly. Shock absorbers minimise suspension oscillations. They force oil through small valves which then converts the movement of the shock absorber into heat. The problem is that too much heat can cause the oil to thin and in turn, reduce the effectiveness of its operation.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR SHOCKS OR STRUTS NEED REPLACING?
The real answer to this question is.. You should probably leave that to your mechanic. Shocks and struts aren’t like tires – there’s no sure way to determine when they’re in need of replacing. So it’s a good idea to have a Brake Masters trusted technician thoroughly investigate your shocks and struts for signs of fatigue and possible failure.
WHY SHOUDNT YOU WAIT UNTIL YOUR SHOCK AND STRUTS ARE COMPLETELY DESTROYED?
This is a bad idea, and it’s an especially bad choice when we’re talking about vital suspension components such as shocks and struts. If there’s one thing we want you to learn from this blog, it’s that shocks and struts are not just simply about giving you a smooth ride. Rather, they are integral to car control, so when they fail, your vehicle can become a hazard to both yourself and others. So be smart, be safe, and be sure to replace your shocks and struts when necessary.Contact our professional staff at Brake Masters Auto Repair today for an inspection, or schedule repairs to your vehicle’s suspension and steering system.