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CAR FACTS
Suspension System

Shock absorbers and struts are part of your suspension system.  They do far more than give you a comfortable ride. They can affect your vehicle’s stopping distance and, ultimately, your safety. They also play a significant role in tire wear and steering control.

Shocks and struts will usually wear gradually rather than going bad all at once and you may not realize how your vehicle’s ride or handling have deteriorated until an emergency arises.  For this reason, it is important to have them inspected periodically and replaced as needed. 

If your shocks/struts are worn, you may notice:

·        Your vehicle will nose dive at stops.

·        On bumpy roads, you'll have to fight the steering wheel to keep the vehicle in its own lane.

·        Your tires begin to show a "cupping" pattern, almost as if someone was "scooping" little pockets of rubber from your tire.

·        You will have a  less comfortable ride. Dips in the road seem more noticeable. Bumps seem to "rattle" your car more.

There are also visible signs of shock/strut wear:

·        Oil leakage between the piston and the body of the shock/strut.

·        Cracked or disintegrated rubber bushings where the shock/strut attaches to the vehicle.

·        Advanced rusting on the shock/strut cylinder, or pitting on the chrome piston.

You should also check strut mounts, stabilizer links and alignment to be certain your car’s suspension is kept in good, safe condition.

 

 

TERMINOLOGY

 

Shock - A shock is a mechanical device designed to reduce the effects of traveling over rough road, leading to improved ride quality.

 

Strut  - A strut is the structural part of the vehicle which combines the functions of shock absorbing and support and dampens road effects.

 

 

 


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