Like all parts of your vehicle, the suspension will wear out over time. Shocks and struts tend to be most susceptible to wear, especially here in New England where the winter potholes can really put your suspension to the test. The interval for shock and strut maintenance will vary depending on your vehicle’s make, model, and driving conditions. Drivers should always reference their vehicle owner’s manual for manufacturer-specific service recommendations, but here are some common signs to look for:
Visual cues are usually the earliest indicators of a problem. If your tires are unevenly worn or show abnormally flat areas or if you notice fluid leakage from the shocks or struts, you should investigate the cause. If you can, check to see if the shock or strut bodies are dented (or otherwise physically damaged), and examine the bushings for corrosion or other damaged. If not, call your mechanic and ask them to take a look.
Driving cues are usually the more obvious signs of a problem, but most drivers don’t notice them on them until it’s too late. Some early indicators to watch for include:
Well-maintained shocks and struts are critical to the overall safety and stability of your vehicle’s steering and suspension. We highly recommend having shocks and struts serviced regularly and replaced well before there is an issue. If you observe any of these symptoms while you are in your vehicle or looking under the hood, it’s time to bring your vehicle in.