The shocks and struts on your car are essential to keeping your car on the road and you and your family safe while driving. You’ve probably heard about shocks and struts before, but do you know exactly what they do? Or even more importantly, how you can maintain them so they perform their job correctly? Don’t worry, The Auto Man is here to answer all of your shocks and struts questions. Learn more about your car or trucks shocks and struts below, or check out the video of my segment on San Diego Channel 6 News to see the difference between working shocks and worn shocks.
What do my car’s shocks and struts do?Shocks and struts are needed to maintain your vehicle’s balance and stability while driving. In other words, they are what are responsible for keeping your car flat on the pavement! This helps you keep control of your vehicle so it is not bouncing off the ground due to bad weather, rough terrain or simple potholes. The spring in your car’s suspension works to absorb the impact your car gets from hitting a bump or pothole in the road. Your struts provide support for your suspension springs, and your shocks work to dampen the subsequent spring movement so that your car doesn’t continue to bounce.
How do I know if I need to replace my vehicle’s shocks or struts?If you find your vehicle isn’t running as smoothly as it used to, or if you’re having difficulty controlling your vehicle while on the road, you might be experiencing problems with your shocks or struts. Shocks and struts can be tricky. Usually by the time that you notice something is wrong, you have been long overdue for a new part. That’s why it’s important to have this system regularly checked out to ensure it’s in proper working order. If you notice any of the following occurrences, you should bring your automobile to your auto repair shop right away:
- Your car bottoms out after going over a bump in the road.
- The front end of your car dips forward when breaking.
- You notice fluid leaking from the shock or strut.
- Your car sways on a winding road or when turning
- You feel you have less control over the vehicle while driving.