Shocks and struts are what make your ride smooth and comfy, even as your travel over rough terrain and bumpy roads (or a hallmark New England pothole!).
Shock absorbers are mechanical or hydraulic devices that keep your the car from bouncing as you drive. 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). Typically, shock absorbers provide better handling, while struts provide a lower initial cost for the vehicle.
As your shocks or struts wear, they allow more dramatic up and down tire movement. As the tire bounces up, the tread’s contact with the pavement decreases. This loss of traction can create dangerous conditions when cornering, accelerating, and stopping short, especially if roads are wet or slippery.
Simply put, more wear equals less vehicle control.
In addition, worn shocks and struts will also increase the wear on other related vehicle components. More suspension movement is allowed when the shocks wear- this extra impact puts additional strain on parts like the suspension springs, support arms, bushings, joints and wheel alignment, causing accelerated deterioration. That translates to additional repair expenses and could lead to a shorter vehicle lifespan.
While your shocks and struts can take on a lot of wear and tear, they may need to be replaced at some point. Here are a few warning signs to look out for:
V&F Auto offers Monroe’s premium replacement shocks and struts, featuring state of the art ride control technologies. Each of their products specifically designed for a specific vehicle, with extensive coverage for European, Asian and North American passenger cars, light trucks, and SUVs. If your ride is getting a little too bumpy, call us at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.