Stop 10 Feet Sooner
Stop 10 Feet Sooner
When your vehicle is out-of-alignment, its suspension and steering systems no longer function at their intended angles resulting in rapid, uneven treadwear – the primary reason for requiring tire replacement. Alignment issues typically occur as a result of wheel impact on damaged roads or curbs and/or wear and tear of parts due to a vehicle’s high mileage.
In a 50,000 mile period your vehicles shocks and struts will have cycled over 85 million times resulting in wear and tear on their internal components. This wear and tear can have compromising effects on the stability of your vehicle and the control you, as the driver, have over it. Independent testing demonstrates that your vehicle’s stopping distance can improve up to 10 feet when you replace your shocks or struts after 50,000 miles of use.
What are Shocks and Struts?
Most vehicles ride on coil springs. If your vehicle is designed with shocks, also known as shock absorbers, the spring is mounted in between the wheels and the frame of the car. If your vehicle is designed with struts, the coil spring and shock absorber is all in one connected piece. Most vehicles have either one of the other, although some vehicles come equipped with both.
You can see your vehicle’s shocks and/or struts at work when driving over a bumpy surface or a patch of rough road. Your vehicle will bounce on the springs. Shocks and/or struts keep the vehicle from bouncing continually, making for a safer and more comfortable ride. Without shocks and struts, cars would bounce on the springs nonstop, making the vehicles extremely uncomfortable, hard to control and potentially unsafe.
In order to stay in control of your vehicle, your tires must be in contact with the road at all times. Speeding up, slowing down, taking a turn, or coming to a complete stop can all be negatively impacted if the tires and the road are not in constant contact. In short, shocks and struts help to provide you, the driver, with control over your vehicle.
When should I have my Shocks and Struts Serviced?
While shocks and struts do not technically need to be replaced at specific mileage intervals, they do wear out. As previously mentioned, independent testing showed that replacing your shocks and or struts at 50,000 miles of use could allow for you to stop up to 10 feet sooner.
As there is no specific mileage benchmark at which to replace your shocks or struts, there are a number of warning signs to keep an eye out for.
There are also signs that are somewhat difficult to spot, such as broken or worn mounts or bushings, dented or damaged shock/strut bodies, and fluid leaks. A note about fluid leaks: a little leakage is perfectly normal and will appear as a small wet spot on the shock or strut, while a problematic leak will make the shock or strut look wet and oily. These signs can be easily identified by a certified professional so it’s a good idea to have your suspension system evaluated.