When drivers think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids, tires and brakes. We don’t generally think about our shocks or struts, but these auto parts keep our tires on the road. Drivers don’t think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don’t need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your shocks have 50,000 miles on them, their performance will have noticeably degraded.

If you want to restore the handling and ride designed for your vehicle, try replacing your shocks and struts. Of course, if you drive off-road, carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or put in a lot of mileage on poor driving surfaces, your shocks or struts will wear out more quickly. You’ll need to replace them more often or upgrade to better shocks.

How do shocks and struts work?

Your suspension system uses springs and shocks to absorb the “shocks” and vibrations of driving over road surfaces. Springs support the vehicle’s weight, suspending it above the axles so the body of the vehicle is protected from most of the bumps on the road. Shocks control the bounciness of the springs by moderating rebound. They also push your tires down onto the road’s surface, maximizing traction. Without shocks, your wheels would bounce over bumps and lift in curves and corners. Shocks are important to the safe handling of your vehicle as well as a comfortable ride.

Struts are a combination shock and spring in one unit. Worn shocks result in lowered vehicle handling performance. If your vehicle leans around corners or gets springy over bumps, then you need to check your shocks. Does the rear end of your vehicle squats while accelerating, the front end dips while braking, or one corner sags? You probably need suspension service.

When to service?

Are you unsure whether you need new shocks, or if you’re considering upgrading to a higher quality shock, then consult your friendly and knowledgeable J.C. Motors service adviser. They can give you advice on the condition of your shocks and how to match the quality of your shocks to your driving needs. At J.C. Motors we know good vehicle care is essential to the safety, performance, efficiency and value of your vehicle. It can improve the comfort of your ride as well.

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