Shock & Strut Replacement: What you need to know

Shock & Strut Replacement: What you need to know

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.

Wear and Tear

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, and overall control, 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.


V&F Auto offers Monroe’s premium replacement shocks and struts, featuring state of the art ride control technologies specifically designed for each vehicle with extensive coverage for European, Asian and North American passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs. To celebrate “Schocktober” V&F is offering up to $80 with the purchase of 2 or 4 qualifying Monroe products, now through October 31st. Call us at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange