Shocks and Struts - What to Look For
- Checking Shocks and Struts
- Tire wear: Uneven tread wear is a big indication that your shocks or struts may need replacing.
- Leaking: Fluids leaking from shocks or struts is a certain sign they need to be replaced. Mileage: Shocks and struts should be checked every 20,000 to 30,000 miles. Drifting: If your vehicle seems to "float" or drifts during turns, check your shocks and struts immediately.
- Dip and Bounce: Worn out shocks and struts will cause a vehicle's front end to dip during sudden stops. Shocks and struts can be tested by pushing down quickly and firmly on the front and rear of the vehicle then watching for excessive bouncing.
- Note: When replacing shocks and struts, do all 4 sets at the same time to insure a balanced ride. Also remember that special shocks and struts may be required on vehicles that are just used for hauling heavy loads or driving on rough terrain.
- Shocks and struts help keep your tires firmly on the road. Worn shocks and struts can affect your vehicle's handling and control.
Because shocks and struts wear out slowly over an extended period of time, it's not always easy to tell when they have become badly worn. Since they play an important part in providing a safe and comfortable ride, shocks and struts should be inspected every 20,000 to 30,000 miles and replaced if necessary.