Shock and Strut Warning Signs
Over time, shocks and struts wear out, and failure can be dangerous to you and your passengers. When worn shocks and struts are replaced with new, your vehicle can stop up 10 feet sooner. Replacing worn shocks or struts increase vehicle stability and provides better driver control for increased braking and safety contact Fifth Gear Automotive certified mechanics today to schedule shock and strut replacement in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.
Unfortunately, most drivers don’t notice the signs because it happens gradually over time. The warning signs of worn shocks and struts include:
Any car will bounce when driving over a bump. Shock absorbers or struts prevent the vehicle from continuing to bounce. Driving over a bump or rough road resulting in prolonged bounce indicates the need for shock or strut replacement. Fifth Gear mechanics can provide the inspection and replacement you require in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.
Shocks and struts maintain stability and driver control of the vehicle. If hard braking causes the front end of the vehicle to dive for the road, it’s an indication that the shocks and struts are in need of replacement. On the other hand, if the vehicle squats when you accelerate, or leans drastically to one side when making a turn, it’s further indication of the shocks or struts being in need of replacement. Our mechanics can provide an inspection of your suspension, and the necessary automotive repairs in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.
When the struts or shocks on a vehicle are bad, the tires literally bounce up and down during driving. This causes rubber to be scraped off the tires, and is commonly termed cupping. It’s visible on the tires as a smooth patch, followed by a smooth area with this pattern repeated across the tread.
Shocks and struts contain a piston and hydraulic fluid. Driving over a rough road causes the shock or strut to compress, which creates pressure from the piston against the hydraulic fluid absorbing the majority of the impact. A wet and oily appearance to a shock or strut can indicate shock and/or strut failure, and the need for replacement. Schedule service in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX today.
Other Signs of Worn Shocks or Struts
Other potential signs of the need for shock or strut replacement include:
l Steering wheel vibration
l The failure to hold the road in curves
l Damaged housing
l Car leans to one side even when sitting still
l Upper or lower mount broken
l Broken dust jacket
l Bent or dented
A shock and a strut are manufactured for the same purpose—they absorb shock and provide a smoother, safer ride with greater driver control.
Despite the shock and strut both providing the same result, they aren’t interchangeable. Newer vehicles usually have either shocks or struts— and not typically both. However, some vehicles, especially older ones, may have struts on the front axle and shocks on the rear. Remember, the two aren’t interchangeable. That’s because a strut is a structural part of the vehicle’s suspension system, and a shock isn’t. A strut is also an essential part of the steering system and significantly affects alignment angles.
It’s also essential to realize worn shocks and
struts affect the safety of you and your passengers. If you suspect worn shocks
and/or struts contact Fifth Gear Automotive today to schedule shock and
strut replacement in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX. Our
certified mechanics have the expertise to provide reliable results with every