Vehicle shock and strut

Shock And Strut Warning Signs

Vehicles have come a long way since they were first invented in 1885. What were once a sign of luxury and only available to members of the exceedingly wealthy population, cars have become one of the most relied upon methods of transportation and are used by people of all socioeconomic sects. Cars continue to evolve as new technology, safety features and needs of consumers change. A fantastic aspect of vehicles nowadays is the many warning signs that are incorporated into vehicle designs so assure drivers are immediately alerted should anything go awry. In addition to the warning lights that appear on the dashboard, vehicles also have a plethora of organic warning signs that occur as a result of a component malfunctioning. 

Shocks and struts help stabilize a vehicle’s movements by damping the movement of the spring and stopping oscillation and bounce. As is true for all components of a vehicle, it's normal for shocks and struts to wear over time. It is important to follow the maintenance suggestions provided in the vehicle owner’s manual. Getting your vehicle regularly serviced can help you get ahead of tending to any damage that may naturally occur from regular vehicle use. Damaged and/ or failing shocks and/ or and struts that are left untreated can lead to dangerous consequences. There are several warning signs that a driver should be aware of when it comes to recognizing malfunctioning shocks and/ or struts.

  1. Bouncing tires: if your tires take a while to recover after going over a pothole or hitting a bump in the road and you feel one or more tires excessively bouncing your shocks and/ or struts may need replacing.
  2. Clunking noise: if a clunking noise presents after driving on a bumpy road, going over potholes and/ or hitting the curb your shocks and/ or struts may be worn out.
  3. Unusual tire wear: while the tires of a vehicle should all have similar wear, if the tread of the tire wears appear wavy, it can mean that the tires are not being held firmly to the road. 
  4. Your car does not seem level when braking and/ or accelerating: the feeling of the front end of your car diving more than is expected during hard braking and/ or the if backend of your car squats and feels lower to the ground than expected your shocks and/ or struts may need attention. 
  5. Fluid leaking on the exterior of shocks and/ or struts: if liquid is dripping and/ or pooling outside of the shocks and/ or struts it can be indicative of broken seals, which would spill out fluids that are essential to the vehicle running properly.
  6. Vehicle does not feel sturdy when turning: if you feel your car tipping to one side when taking a sharp turn, it may mean your shocks and/ or struts need replacing. 
  7. Unstable when driving at highway speeds: if it does not feel as though your car is able to remain stable while driving on the highway and it feels like your vehicle is constantly moving up and down it may be time to check out the shocks and/ or struts on your car.

Without actively paying attention to the warning signs, it can be difficult to detect worn out shocks and/ or struts, as the changes occur gradually. It is imperative to note that driving a vehicle with warn or failing shocks and/ or struts can result in not only a bumpy and uncomfortable ride, but can actually affect the vehicles ability to brake fully. Especially in slippery and wet driving conditions, a car with faulty shocks and/ or struts can increase the vehicle’s stopping distance. 

Further Information

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