Shake, Rattle and Roll

5 01 2012

Dale BertramShocks and struts take a beating so we don’t have to!  Are you experiencing the following as you drive?

  • Bounce
  • Sway
  • Roll
  • Diving
  • Squatting
  • Rattling

They help us ease the pain of driving through road construction and stabilize us over bumps, when we stop quickly (brake dive), hit the gas (acceleration squat) and when we go around corners.  We pretty much take them for granted.  Our owner’s manuals tell us they need to be replaced every 30,000 to 90,000 miles, depending on our driving habits.  That is a wide range!

We would like to recommend that you take some time when you are out driving around to notice a few things about your vehicle.  If your car is bouncing a bit after you hit a bump in the road, is nose diving after you brake or is swaying around corners you need to have your shocks replaced.

Struts basically perform the same function as shocks except they also are an integral part of your suspension system.  When you are out and about in your car and notice the same symptoms as above as well noise while you go over those bumps or turn corners you might also have an alignment situation.

Shocks and struts that need to be replaced also leak fluid.  They do a lot for us and we certainly take them for granted until we notice our ride is just not as enjoyable or comfortable as it could be.  Bad shocks and struts also cause wear and tear on our tires and our suspension components.

Make sure your shocks and struts are ready to work for you this fall and winter.  Whatever your car may need make sure it is ready to go when you are!

Happy Motoring,

 

 

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