Seven Signs Your Car’s Shocks And Struts Need To Be Replaced

Your automobile may have shocks, struts, or a combination of the two, and it’s important that you don’t forget about them. As your car’s shocks and struts wear down, your ride suffers but, more importantly, so does your vehicle control, which can leave you in a sticky situation, especially on wet roads. Do your car’s shocks and struts need to be replaced? Village Autoworks lists seven signs that they do.

1. Speed Instability

If you feel as if your automobile gets more unstable the faster you go, your shocks and struts are not absorbing the road and speed conditions as they should be. Your vehicle will wobble and you’ll feel every bump in the road. This can be a subtle sign at first that gets worse with time.

2. Tipping

The shocks and struts are designed to keep your vehicle’s body stable when you turn corners. If your vehicle tips or leans to the side when you turn, you’ve got worn shocks and struts. Your car, truck, or utility vehicle might also wobble as you make the turn.

3. Diving

Another sign of worn shocks and struts is nose-diving. Much like turning, these suspension parts also prevent your automobile from diving forward when brake. It will dive some if you need to slam on the brakes, but it shouldn’t dive forward when you apply the brakes normally.

4. Squatting

We don’t mean your car is living secretly on someone’s property. Squatting completes the momentum motion shocks and struts are designed to prevent. When you step on the gas, your car would squat or lean backward if it didn’t have shocks and struts. If it does, they’re worn out.

5. Bouncing

The shocks and struts help keep the tires on the road. They absorb the bumps so the tires don’t bounce upward and lose contact. Bouncing tires, which are often accompanied by clunking sounds, happen when the shocks and struts can no longer absorb the road bumps and potholes.

6. Tread Wear

This bouncing naturally affects your tires’ tread wear. Uneven contact on the road will wear down the tread in patches. This can make the tread wear look wavy. If you’re faithful about rotating and balancing your tires, the uneven wear could be a sign of worn shocks and struts.

7. Leaking Fluid

Finally, take a look underneath your wheels regularly to see if you see fluid on the outside of the shocks or struts. This is a sign of an internal leak or another part leaking onto them. Either way, the problem needs to be fixed as soon as possible to avoid shock or strut damage.

We are Village Autoworks and we can inspect your car’s shocks and struts and replace them. Give the shop closest to you a call today. We’ve got an auto service shop in Woodbury, MN, and one in Roseville, MN.