Leaking Shocks and Struts

Shocks and struts are crucial to a smooth ride but, like all parts of your vehicle, the suspension will wear out over time.

Let’s Review

In case you missed our articles on a shock and strut replacement, let’s review the basics. Shock absorbers are mechanical or hydraulic devices that keep your the car from bouncing as you drive over rough or bumpy roads. Struts, on the other hand, are a structural part of the suspension system that provide a mount the coil spring (which maintains the height of the vehicle). Shock absorbers usually give you better handling, while struts give you a lower initial cost for the vehicle.

The Problem With Leaking Fluid

If fluid is leaking from your shocks or struts, you’ve got a big problem on your hands. Every shock and strut contains a piston and hydraulic fluid. When you drive over a bump or a rough stretch of road, the shocks or struts compress, the piston pushes against the hydraulic fluid, and the fluid absorbs the force of the piston. If the system is damaged or worn, that fluid that can leak out of the shock or strut. A little leakage is perfectly normal, but if the strut looks wet and oily that’s cause for concern.

If you are concerned about a leaking shock or strut, check out our articles on identifying mysterious fluids and the other signs of wear.

At V&F

In general, a damaged suspension part will need to be repaired or replaced before your car can be driven. Our expert mechanics use latest diagnostic equipment, and high quality CARQUEST auto parts, to get your brakes back in shape. Plus, our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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