Moose Jaw Auto Inspection and Repair of Suspension, Shocks and Struts Information
My Car Rides Fine, So Why Should I Replace the Shocks and Struts?
This is a question our professional Journeymen technicians have heard after recommending replacement of the struts and/or shock absorbers on a vehicle. This recommendation is usually made based on a visual inspection of the vehicle suspension components.
Mileage: most manufacturers of shocks and struts suggest an inspection after the average vehicle has been in service for 80,000 kilometers. Of course, the type and condition of roads driven, coupled with your driving style, will determine how long these parts will perform satisfactorily.
Panda Tire & Auto experienced technicians will be looking for signs of fluid leaks that indicate one reason to recommend replacement, but fluid leaks are usually the very last indication that struts or shocks are completely worn out and no longer perform as they are intended. Our technicians will also look at how the tires are wearing, how well the struts or shocks control the movement of the vehicle body and inspect integral parts of the suspension such as the coil springs and strut mounting plates.
A Brief explanation of struts and shocks.
These parts are designed to control the tires, to keep them in contact with the road surface as much as possible. If vehicle tires are free to bounce (which is what happens when struts and shocks become weak) they are not effective at gripping the road, so steering control, stability, and especially braking are affected. Shocks and struts are not just for ride comfort: their primary function, tire control, is a much more important role.
Gradual Deterioration is hard to notice (until they are replaced)
Because the wear of these components is mostly internal and cannot be seen like worn tires or brake pads, and because it is very gradual, the everyday driver is the last to notice the difference. A passenger riding in the vehicle for the first time may even comment on the “ride” that seems normal to the driver. But, regardless of how it may feel to you, worn struts and shocks will cause a change in tire wear and vehicle safety that should not go unaddressed. Once replace the difference in how well the vehicle handles again is truly remarkable.
Benefits of replacing worn shocks and struts.
Replacing these worn components will restore the ride control and handling the vehicle demonstrated when it was new. New shocks and struts also help reduce potential wear of other steering and suspension components by reducing the amount of movement.
Always replace your struts and shocks in pairs.
Shocks and struts should always be replaced in pairs or, better yet, all four, for even, predictable handling and control. After all, all four have been on the vehicle for the same number of kilometers and under the same conditions. Remember, too, that whenever the struts are replaced, it’s important to check your vehicles wheel alignment, as it may have changed. Proper wheel alignment will protect your vehicle tires and assure maximum safety.
Contact Panda Tire & Auto in Moose Jaw to inspect your vehicle’s suspension to see if you require the replacement of your shocks and struts.
Book an appointment with Panda Tire & Auto in Moose Jaw to do an inspection or repair of your vehicle’s suspension.