Many components on your vehicle are made to last tens of thousands of miles without needing repair or replacement – which also lead to them being the most commonly forgotten maintenance tasks.
This is often the case when it comes to shocks and struts. Thankfully, there are some signs you will see if these components are wearing out on your vehicle.
Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts
Shocks and struts help to make your vehicle drive smoothly, keeping you and your passengers comfortable over normal bumps in the road. But these bumps are also what cause your shocks or struts to wear out over time. Common signs that they need to be replaced include:
- Bottoming out over speedbumps or when driving over potholes
- Plunging forward on stops
- Feeling like your vehicle is pitching to one side when driving around corners
- Fluid leakage from behind your tires
- A bumpier ride
While it may not seem like a big deal to ignore a bumpy ride, it is important to have your shocks or struts replaced when they are worn. Failing to do so doesn’t just compromise your comfort, it can also cause your tires to wear unevenly, or make the tread wear out sooner than it should.
What’s the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?
Shocks are simply big shock absorbers that help reduce the shock of a bumpy road while you’re driving. They help keep the vehicle from bouncing by absorbing the bumps so your vehicle doesn’t have to. Shocks also help to improve handling around corners and turns.
Struts are a bit different. They work to reduce bumps differently, often working in tandem with shocks to provide the most comfortable ride possible. Some vehicles have both, while others only have one or the other. If your vehicle has both, it’s typically recommended to have both replaced at the same time.
When Should You Replace Shocks and Struts?
While every vehicle is different, most manufacturers recommend having your shocks and struts inspected at the first sign of wear, or every 50,000 to 60,000 miles. It is typically recommended that you also get an alignment performed on your vehicle after replacing these components to ensure that your vehicle handles correctly.
Luckily, it’s easy enough to find out if your vehicle is due for this service – with a free inspection at your neighborhood Jiffy Lube®! After fully inspecting your vehicle, your technician will let you know whether or not your shocks or struts need to be replaced. Stop by anytime, no appointment necessary!
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