NAPA Shock Value
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Shock Value: Rid Yourself of a Rough Ride with New Shocks and Struts
Got yourself a low-rider, but no one pimped your ride to scuff the street? That’s just
one of the signs your car might need a new set of shocks or struts.
Up-to-snuff shock absorbers surely make our time spent on the road more pleasant
by keeping the vehicle from bouncing, while struts ensure our ride is stable (not
“floating” all over the road) and keep the tires stay planted on the pavement. When
either are worn or compromised, the vehicle will be harder to control, will bounce
more on bumps and potholes, will nose dive and will even take longer to stop.
How do I know when I need new shocks or struts?
The visual evidence of damaged or worn shocks and struts includes: shock- or strut-oil leakage; dented or damaged housings; and
uneven tire wear or cupping.
Driving-related situations revealing faulty shock absorbers/struts include:
Excessive rough-surface bounce or “bottoming out”
Vibrations (including steering-wheel vibrations, rocking and rattling)
Veering in side winds
Swerving in reaction to road conditions or steering activity
Traction loss while accelerating, braking or cornering
Nose-dives during braking
What parts do I need to replace shocks or struts?
Because replacing shocks is easier than replacing struts, let’s focus on that task here. To replace your shocks, you’ll need:
A new set of shocks
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