The shocks and struts on your vehicle help to stabilize its movements. They also aid control when you turn or when you have to brake or accelerate. You won't notice the uneven road surfaces as much when this part of your car is working well. And they help to keep the tires in contact with the pavement at all times. If your shocks or struts were missing, your vehicle would be much more bouncy.
Since this part of the vehicle gives you a smooth, comfortable ride, it's important to take note of the signs that occur when they are going bad. Here are a few to watch for:
That Bouncing Feeling
You know how your vehicle normally drives and if you feel it bouncing down the road instead of giving you a smooth ride, there's likely something up with the shocks and struts. You want to smooth things out before any damage is done.
Vehicle Tips When Turning
If you feel like your vehicle is tipping further when you are trying to turn, it might be the shocks or struts. You should never feel unstable, even in a turn and if you do, it's a problem.
The Rear End Squats
If you push on the accelerator and you feel like the back end is squatting down while the front end rises up, that could be the shocks and struts telling you they are having an issue of some kind.
Unusual Tire Wear
You want your tires to wear evenly and if you get them rotated regularly, they should. If they look like they have wavy tread wear instead of something even, have the shocks checked.
The shocks and struts not only give you a smooth ride, but they help to protect many other parts of your vehicle. When you feel like something has gone awry with them, you want to get your car checked over sooner rather than later. Give our auto repair shop a call and get your vehicle in for inspection. We can repair the shocks and struts to give you a smoother ride that prevents damage.