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When to Replace Car Shocks

Posted on 28 April 2018 by admin (0)

shocksOne of the things that go undetected in cars is the shocks wearing out. These just like other parts of the car get old and worn out and require replacement. Because this happens progressively, it’s natural that drivers get used to the car’s odd behavior. In normal conditions, the car shocks should be replaced after the 50000 miles mark. This means that you can have the shocks for about three years but it all depends on the usage. Other than this, driving on rough terrain, carrying heavy loads and the vehicle model will determine when to replace the shocks. You can detect the issues when driving the car or just visually checking the car’s condition.

 

 

Car not Stable on the Road

After going over a bump, is the car stable or does it continue bumping or rocking on the road even if the road is smooth? Also, do you find it hard keeping it on the course when maneuvering corners? Is the braking distance getting longer? If the car nose dives when braking or becomes unstable, this can indicate worn out shocks. When the steering wheel seems stiffer or needs more effort to control it, the underlying problem may be the shocks.

The excessive bounce, instability on the road and inability to break when required can lead to accidents. Also, it’s scary when you cannot control the steering wheel as you would want.

 

Leakage

If you suspect leaks, take a keen look at the wheel arches for oil stains. Not all old shocks leak but its good to keep on checking. Check the tires as well for wear and tear. The dents should be aligned in the same direction but when you notice uneven wear, this can be as a result of the vehicle instability on the road.

Worn out parts

The bushings, mounts and shock body may corrode or get damaged. You can only notice this when inspecting the system. The wear and tear will result in the entire car shock not performing as expected.

As noted earlier, car shocks are ignored because they wear out gradually. You get used to the progressive changes in the car’s behavior meaning that you may never suspect you have a problem with the shocks until an accident takes place or a mechanic points out. Therefore, make sure you get them regularly checked and replaced when old or worn out.