On many vehicles, the shocks and struts are susceptible to wear over time, especially here in New England where the winter potholes can really put your suspension to the test. The timeline for shock and strut maintenance will vary depending on what you drive and what your everyday driving conditions are like.
Drivers should always reference their vehicle owner’s manual for manufacturer-specific service recommendations but, if you’re worried, here are some common things to look for:
Visual cues are usually the earliest indicators of a problem. You might notice that your tires are unevenly worn or show abnormally flat areas or that there’s fluid leakage from the shocks or struts. If you can, check to see if the shock or strut bodies are dented or damaged, and examine the bushings for corrosion. 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. 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’re in your driving around or under the hood, it’s time to bring your vehicle in.