If you've been a car driver for years, chances are you've heard of your vehicle's shocks and struts. The shocks, or shock absorbers, are vital components of your vehicle's suspension system. They are attached to the car body and suspension system and are used to absorb road shock, as their name would imply. This helps to give you a smooth and consistent ride.
So, what is exactly is a shock absorber? It is essentially a cylindrical container that is filled with gas or liquid. While mounted from suspension system to the frame of your vehicle, the pistons inside the shocks will move up or down against the liquid or gas when you drive over bumps or uneven terrain.
Shocks definitely are a heavily used car component since they absorb so much energy each day. Typically over time, the gas or liquid inside the shock will leak after the shocks have been worn out. This will results in a very rocky or uncomfortable ride, and can also lead to excessive tire wear and loss of traction.
What are some of the symptoms that can indicate you need a shock absorber replacement?
- Unstable or bouncy ride
- Tires losing traction with the road
- Hard impact when you drive over a bump
- Leaking fluid near or around your car frame and suspension
If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, bring your vehicle into the experts here at 26th Street Auto Center. It is recommended that your shock absorbers are replaced every 30,000 miles or so, and we will ensure that if your shocks are bad, they are replaced correctly and you are back on the road in no time.