Shock absorbers, or struts, as they are sometimes called, are an essential part of your car’s suspension. They are small oil pumps with a piston inside that controls suspension, so the primary job of a shock absorber is to absorb excess spring motion and suspension while maintaining tyre contact with the road. Since they give resistance the faster the suspension moves, they automatically adjust to road conditions. In order to ensure a more comfortable ride and to increase stability when driving, shock absorbers help to smooth out bumps and vibrations.
Shock absorbers have a significant impact on your car’s safety and considering the conditions of our roads right now, proper contact with the road surface is even more crucial. We encourage motorists to check their shock absorbers to ensure optimum braking, steering and stability as other car parts, like tyres, may be affected by worn shocks. If they are damaged or worn, your suspension will not operate correctly, and your tyres will not adequately grip the road.
Now that you know what your shocks do, it will be easier to spot the signs of wear and to tell if shock absorbers need replacing.
Signs that shocks need replacing:
What causes worn shocks?
There is natural wear and tear on shock absorbers as with all other car parts. There are however additional factors that can accelerate damage to shocks:
Extend the life of your shock absorbers by avoiding these conditions as well as regularly checking them and cleaning the wheel hubs of your car.
Your shocks should be inspected once a year at least or every 20 000kms. If you recognise any of these signs, have your shocks checked by a professional. If you are unsure of the state of your shock absorbers you can always visit your nearest Super Tyres branch to have it checked out.
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