This week, we’re featuring a guest blog from our friends at MEMBERS AutoChoice, our vehicle-buying service with important advice about when to replace the shocks and struts on your vehicle.
Shocks and struts help keep your car riding smooth. The spring that is in your car’s suspension works by absorbing the impact your car gets when it hits bumps or potholes in the road. Struts provide the support that the suspension springs need, and your shocks help keep the springs in order to have better mobility so that your car doesn’t continue to bounce.
Some warning signs that your shocks and struts need to be replaced include hearing strange sounds when driving over bumps in the road, as well as strange noises and even turning issues with your steering.
Another indication is when the front end of the vehicle dives sharper than normal when you brake harder than usual or if your vehicle leans or sways when switching lanes or turning.
Some additional signs could include uneven and/or cupped tire wear and even fluid leaks from the shocks or struts.
The most common sign a replacement is needed is if your car bottoms out or continues to bounce after going over speed bumps, railroad tracks, or large potholes.
While having your tires rotated and balanced you should encourage your mechanic to check your shocks and struts.
If you find it difficult to control your vehicle and it’s not running as smoothly as it used to, it might be time to have your shocks and struts checked for replacement. Members Auto Choice recommends getting your vehicle inspected for normal wear and tear items in addition to regular maintenance performed only by an ASE certified mechanic to insure longevity of your car. For any additional questions on your cars maintenance schedule or to chat with one of our Sales Professionals visit our web site at MembersAutoChoice.com.