You probably don’t have a hard time figuring out when your brakes or tires are wearing out. Shocks and struts, on the other hand, are much more difficult to inspect. But just like tires and brakes, shocks and struts are safety-critical vehicle components that should be checked regularly for wear and tear. Your car relies on its suspension system; specifically shocks & struts too keep your vehicle riding smoothly and safely, and keep you comfortable. Like any other component on your vehicle, shocks and struts will wear out over time.
This simple worn shocks and struts tutorial demonstrates how they can make a noticeable difference to how your vehicle performs in three critical areas.
Shocks/struts have either a gas or liquid in them; as the seals wear out the fluid/gas leaks out and the shocks don’t do as good of a job at keeping the tires in contact with the road, causing them to wear out faster. Worn shocks and struts can also contribute to quicker wear on the other steering components of the vehicle.
When a strut is worn out a technician will look for “cupping” on the tire, which is a type of wear pattern associated with worn out shocks/struts. If you notice uneven wear on the treads of your tires, it's a safe bet that your shocks or struts are on their way out of commission. Or if your vehicle's front end dips excessively during sudden stops, your shocks or struts may need to be replaced.
A.J. McKay's Auto Repair offers a full line of shocks and struts from the the #1 manufacturers of shock absorbers and ride control products. At A.J. McKay's Auto Repair, our ASE Certified Technicians can help diagnose worn shocks and struts, and when needed, replace them quickly so you’re back on the road with a smoother, safer, ride.