Shocks | Struts | Suspension

Shocks, Struts and Suspension

The primary function of your car’s suspension and steering system is to allow the wheels to move independently of the car, while keeping it “suspended” and stable. Any play or uncontrolled motion in these systems results in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. Vehicle alignment is closely tied to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.

Suspension System

Worn or loose components affect the suspension system’s ability to control motion and alignment angles, resulting in a deterioration of vehicle handling and stability, and accelerated tire wear. The main components of the suspension system are:

  • Control arms
  • Ball joints
  • Springs (coil or leaf)
  • Shock absorbers
  • Struts

Shock absorbers and struts are designed to keep the wheels in contact with the road, improving cornering and braking. Though original equipment shocks have improved in recent years, many are ready for replacement in as few as 30,000 miles (depending upon vehicle, driving conditions and manufacturer’s recommended service intervals).

The lifespan of a strut is about double that of a shock. Most people do not notice the gradual deterioration in ride quality and many shocks and struts are not replaced as often as they should be.

Shocks and struts should be checked every 12,000 miles or when any of these symptoms are noticed:

  • Bouncy or uncomfortable ride
  • Excessive body sway when cornering
  • Fluid leaks from the shock or strut
  • Physical damage to the shock or strut
  • Nose dive when braking
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Tail squat when accelerating

See our suspension experts for a ride control checkup today. We install top quality Monroe struts and shocks. If you prefer a different brand, we would be happy to provide them for you.