Shock Absorbers: When to Replace

There are two primary purposes for your vehicle’s suspension system. These purposes are helping your vehicle hold and handle the road. The shock absorbers on your car are an important part of the suspension system. When they become worn, how your wheels interact with the road is affected. This could compromise how your vehicle holds and handles the road and could cause hydroplaning, dangerous swaying, and more.

Over time, like anything else, your shock absorbers will become worn out and tear, losing their ability to properly function. There are several signs to look for to determine if you need new shocks. Most of the signs are rather noticeable.

  • Stopping distance longer or delayed: when the shock absorbers on your car become worn and old, it will take longer for your vehicle to stop. You should replace your shock absorbers every 50,000 miles to improve your stopping distance up to 10 feet. Doing so can save you from an unfortunate incident.
  • Nosedives and swerving: If your car swerves and dips as you break, you need to check your shock absorbers. Otherwise, the control you have on your vehicle will be decreased and could be potentially dangerous.
  • Vibrations: if you feel vibrations in the steering will while you drive, it is likely your shock absorbers. Shock absorbers are supposed to keep your tires in direct contact with the road so there should never be vibrations.
  • Veering and sliding in your car: if you feel that your vehicle fears and slides even and a mild wind, you need to have them replaced.
  • Rattling and rocking: if your vehicle rocks and rattles over any kind of bump, there’s a good chance your shocks are worn heavily and need to be replaced. Not only does this cause your right to be uncomfortable, but it puts a lot of pressure on other car components.
  • Tread wear is uneven: if you have bald patches on your tires, or notice uneven wear, your tires are not contacting the road optimally. This is often caused by shocks that are worn.

If you have been having any of these problems in your vehicle, make sure you have your shocks replaced soon. Otherwise, you are putting yourself and others at risk.