When do Car Shocks Need Replacement?

Shocks (or struts) are one of those car parts that we tend not to notice decreased performance because it happens slowly over time.  Once the shocks are replaced you will typically notice a marked increase in performance.


Used to be that car shock absorbers needed to be replaced every 30,000-50,000 miles.  Fortunately shocks on newer cars are made much better today and they will typically last longer, often 100,000 miles or more.  So how do you know when it is time to replace shocks? 


Most commonly the shocks will start to leak fluid.  Visual inspection will typically indicate whether this is happening or not.   You can also test the shock by leaning down heavily on one corner of the car and quickly releasing the pressure.  The car should rebound up and then come to rest without a lot of bobbing.


Finally, if you are noticing a lot of body roll going around corners or body lean when braking, this will indicate that the shocks are loosing stiffness and not operating well.  Replacing worn shocks will improve the vehicle handling and decrease the stopping distance in a panic stop.  So replacing your car shocks may actually help prevent a car accident!


When replacing your car shocks you should make sure the shock you are buying will give you the type of ride you want.  In general, stiffer shocks that give a harsher ride will perform better in terms of car handling and will hold the road better.  Softer shocks will give a cushier more comfortable ride but not give as good car handling performance. 


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