Shock absorbers keep your tires in constant contact with the road. If they are worn, it can affect braking, and increase the distance it takes to stop safely. Worn shocks will also increase the wear on your tires and suspension system. Wondering if your shocks or struts might be worn out? Here’s a few helpful tips to know if it’s time for us to check your shocks and struts.
- The front end of your vehicle “dives” when you apply the brakes
- Your vehicle rolls or sways during turns
- Your vehicle bounces excessively over bumps or after stopping
- Your vehicle doesn’t seem stable as you accelerate
- Your tires show uneven wear
- The tread is more worn on some times than others
- You hear clunking or banging over bumps
You can check your owners manual to find manufacturers recommendations for your shocks and struts, but as a precaution you should have them checked every 20,000 kilometers, or if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above.