Kind of makes that girl that 'sells seashells on the seashore' seem pretty silly, huh? Well, shocks and struts are pretty serious, and often overlooked when it comes to vehicle maintenance.
Shocks and struts are crucial when it comes to literally keeping your vehicle on the road. Generally your car will have one or the other – not both. They perform essentially the same function, but using different methods.
Shocks and struts control the bounce of your wheels (and you!) on uneven terrain and also limit your car's side-to-side sway. As part of the suspension system, weak shocks or struts can cause an uncomfortable ride and poor handling.
Simply put, a strut provides structural support within the suspension system, helping to hold the weight of your vehicle, while a shock does not. Struts hold the tires in alignment – which is why it's important to have an alignment service anytime you have work done on your struts – while the shock stands alone simply as a shock absorber.
Typically shocks and struts should be replaced around the 50,000 mile mark, but their lifespan depends on your driving conditions and the quality of parts used. We offer one of the world’s most trusted brands of quality shocks and struts at an affordable price. And we have coupons on shocks and struts to boot!
Look out for these signs your shocks or struts are going bad:
You feel excessive bounce in your ride
Your car lurches or the front dips when you brake
You notice abnormal or premature tire wear
Your car sways to one side when turning
Your steering wheel feels difficult to turn
After replacing worn shocks or struts, you'll notice many benefits such as:
A smoother ride, especially on bumpy roads
Improved braking ability
Slower wear on your tires and suspension system
Better steering control
If you suspect it's time to replace your shocks or struts, or just want to make sure they're in optimal condition, our experts at your local Brakes Plus will inspect your suspension system, diagnose any issues and perform the necessary repairs!