Shocks and struts are one of the critical components controlling your vehicle’s steering, stopping and stability. As they begin to wear, they lose ability to control lean or sway and provide tire grip when encountering bumps.
A shock absorber's firmness affects the rate of weight transfer from one side to another during a turn. Excessive weight transferred from bad shock absorbers can cause the unloading tire to pass from sticking, slipping, or sliding very abruptly. The loss of stability and vehicle control can compromise your vehicle’s safety and the passengers who ride with you. It’s important for drivers to understand that shocks and struts play a critical role in a vehicle’s safety.
Remember, properly functioning shocks and struts will:
- Keep your tires on the road
- Give the vehicle a comfortable ride
- Help maintain alignment
- Stabilize the vehicle
- Prolong the life of other parts of the suspension
When a shock or strut is not operating properly, you may notice several warning signs:
- Your car will continue to “rock” after hitting a bump
- Your car’s ride will begin to feel bouncy or mushy
- Nose dives on hard braking
- Excessive fluid leakage
- Broken or worn bushings
- Unusual tire wear
Because these changes gradually occur over time, they may be difficult to notice. Kwik Kar of Norman is here to inspect your shocks and struts for you anytime.