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What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

If your shocks or struts start failing, it could lead to disaster. So how do you notice the signs of worn shocks or struts?

Shocks and Struts: What's the Difference?

A vehicle's struts are a major part of your suspension system. It both acts as a shock absorber and provides structural support for your suspension system. A shock absorber, however, does only one job. Absorbing the shock from movements in your suspension system. Your shocks do not support the weight of your vehicle or provide structural support. So what are the signs these components are failing?

#1 — Dipping or Leaning During Use

If you notice your vehicle leaning to one side while making a sharp turn, this could be a sign of a worn shock or strut. Another sign is the front end dipping lower than usual if you have to step on the brakes harder than usual.

#2 — Instability at High Speeds

If you're on the highway, and your vehicle feels shaky, this might be an indicator that your suspension system is in trouble. The movements will often be slight, so pay extra attention and get your car to a mechanic if you notice this occurring.

#3 — Leaking Fluid

If you suspect your shocks or struts may be failing, it might be a good idea to take a look at them. If they're leaking any kind of fluid, the seal might have broken, releasing the fluid that helps it absorb impacts from the road. If they are, get to a mechanic as soon as possible.

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If you have an issue with your suspension system, then we'd be happy to help. We can diagnose and solve any issues you might come across out on the road, and leave you driving away content!

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