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SHOCKTOBER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!!

SHOCKTOBER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!

So,” what are shocks and struts?” “Should I wait till they go out:?” “ How do I know when my shocks or struts need replacing?” Great questions, these are some of the questions asked by our customers.

     You may be surprised – shocked even – to learn just how important automotive shocks and struts really are. If you need new shocks or struts, don't delay, because these are crucial safety items that help you maintain control behind the wheel.

 

     Are you of the age where “a bouncy ride” was the norm and that the suspension was strictly a comfort feature? Remember those dog and hula figurines where they enjoyed the bouncy rides? Did you know that shocks and struts performing at 50% efficiency can add 12 feet of stopping distance for a car traveling 60mph?

The SHOCK is essentially the thing that keeps the spring in check, letting you enjoy the impact-absorbing properties of the springs without any undue bouncing.

The STRUT is responsible for keeping its spring in check. But it’s more that just a damper, struts also add structural integrity to the suspension, so they have more responsibility than shocks.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY SHOCKS OR STRUTS NEED REPLACING?

You should probably leave that to your mechanic. Shocks and struts aren’t like wiper blades—there’s no surefire way to determine when they’re spent. If you not a regular to your mechanic, you may already be experiencing some of the symptoms. The car is bouncy, another symptom can be a hard or rough ride, don’t let it get that bad because it can give excessive wear to your tires.

CAN I WAIT TILL MY SHOCKS OR STRUTS ARE TOTALLY BUSTED?

So not a good idea, if you come away from this article having learned one lesson, let it be this: shocks and struts are not simply about giving your car a smooth ride! They're not luxury items; rather, they are integral to car control, so when they fail, your car becomes a hazard to both yourself and other drivers. Be smart, be safe, and please, replace your shocks and struts whenever necessary.

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