What Are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Worn-out shocks and struts are not as obvious as a flat tire or wheel. They wear out gradually, which is why it is crucial to know the signs to look out for.

What Are Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and struts are part of the suspension system, which stabilizes your car, enhancing control as you turn, accelerate, brake, or drive over uneven surfaces. While they both have similar functions, they are pretty different.

Shocks are independent components, while struts combine other features and shocks to make a single strong unit. Most vehicles can do fine with either one of the two or a combination of the two.

Given that shocks and struts wear out gradually, here are the symptoms that indicate they are worn and need to get replaced.

Bumpy Ride

Shocks and struts control the movement of coil springs, preventing the wheels from moving up and down too much. If the shocks or struts are worn out, the tires become unstable, resulting in a bumpy ride. If you feel that you cannot control your car as you drive over a pothole or a bump, you should have a mechanic check the condition of your suspension system.

Steering Difficulty

If you notice that your steering wheel is stiff or difficult to steer or turn, there is a chance that the shocks and struts are worn out. Also, if you feel like the car is swaying in one direction as you switch lanes or take a turn, you should contact your mechanic.

Fluid Leaks

It might be hard to notice wear and tear on shocks and struts. However, you can easily notice a fluid leak, and that is a sign that your shocks and struts need to be replaced.

Unusual Noises

When shocks and bushes wear out, they lose the ability to support struts. As a result, the struts become loose and bottom out, resulting in unusual noises as the metals contact each other.

Uneven Tire Wear

Worn-out shocks and struts cause your tires to wear out unevenly, mainly due to the swaying and leaning in one direction. The bouncing can also contribute to uneven tire wear.

If you need your shocks or struts replaced, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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