The Basics of Shocks and Struts
Shocks and Struts are an essential part of any vehicle; they are however almost always overlooked. Once, the shocks and struts begin to wear due to age and mileage, you will most likely not notice the change in handling performance since you are behind the wheel each day and you become accustom to the feel of the vehicle. Generally shocks and struts can show signs of wear on an average of 50,000 miles. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to these essential parts. Here are some of the basics about shocks and struts:
The basic function of shocks and struts is to keep the tire in contact with the road. They help to maintain control of the vehicle while driving. Moreover, every action that you perform with the vehicle whether stopping, turning or plain driving, are handled by shocks and struts.
- The shocks mostly work towards avoiding bumpy rides through a hydraulic action using oil but most use a gas charge. However, you will find the more complex a system is the more involved it will be in diagnosing and repairing since some systems use electronics to control the shock or strut. Through these electronics they make sure that the vehicle stays balanced and in control while driving on the road.
- Shocks do not damage easily, however, if you find any kind of leakage near the shocks or find any physical damage in the form of dents, then you should get the shocks and struts repaired. Likewise, any signs of deterioration will need to be addressed.
- You may want to consider upgrading your shocks and struts to a performance part to give you better handling. On trucks they will be better if you have added a suspension lift or added bigger tires.
The most important question to think about is the choice of generic vs. specific vehicle shocks and struts replacement. Generic shocks and struts are generally cheaper than the genuine and vehicle specific parts. However, it is better to get some specialized vehicle shocks and struts that are designed specifically for the driving challenges that you face each day. They might be a little expensive to begin with, but you must count them as an investment rather than an expense.
These parts should be changed by qualified technicians if you don't have the knowledge, or the correct tools to replace them safely.
Call Steve's Auto Repair today at (703) 670-8005 to get your shocks and struts checked, or schedule your appointment online.