Struts and Shocks
Signs Your Shocks Should be Replaced
Does the front end of your vehicle bounce or dip down as you apply the brakes? If so, it may be time for new shocks. (Point your curser to the yellow areas on the interactive diagram below for a closer look at shock absorbers and struts.) Other symptoms of worn shocks include:
- Longer stopping distances. Ineffective shocks can increase stopping distance by as much as 20%.
- A vibration in your steering wheel.
- Uneven tire wear. Check each tire for premature or inconsistent wear, such as bald spots.
- Your car shakes or bounces more than usual as you drive over railroad tracks and bumps in the road.
- The vehicle “slides” from side to side as you take corners or change lanes.
If you suspect a problem with your shocks or any other component of your suspension system, have it checked as soon as possible. Worn shocks and struts will stress your vehicle’s suspension and steering components and may even ruin tires. This can lead to more extensive and costly repairs.
What Do Shocks and Struts Do?
You may notice that shocks and struts are often mentioned in the same breath. That’s because they work together to perform similar jobs. Shocks and struts are a key component of your suspension system. They absorb dips and bumps in the road and keep your wheels safely on the road. They greatly increase handling and your ability to control the vehicle.
This diagram shows all of the components of the steering and suspension system.
The Shock and Strut Timeline
Shock and struts typically last about 50,000 miles. Once they’ve reached the end of their service life, we strongly recommend that you replace all four shocks and struts at the same time.
If you’re experiencing problems, or want to make sure that all of your steering and suspension system components are working properly, bring your vehicle into Levin Tire and Service Center. Find a location near you.
Shocks & Struts
Shocks & Struts