What are shocks and struts for on my vehicle?

We’re diving into an important topic that affects the comfort and safety of your driving: SHOCKS & STRUTS. Whether you’re a new or experienced driver, understanding these components of your vehicle's suspension system can help you keep your vehicle in top shape.

What Are Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and struts are parts of your vehicle that help manage the impact and rebound motion of your vehicle's springs and suspension. To put it simply, they help absorb the bumps and potholes you drive over, so you can enjoy a smoother ride.

The Role of Shocks and Struts

Absorbing Bumps: The primary job of shocks and struts is to absorb the energy from road bumps that your vehicle's springs pick up, preventing your car from continuously bouncing on rough roads.

Enhancing Comfort: By controlling the movement of the suspension and springs, shocks and struts make your car rides less bumpy and more comfortable.

Improving Handling: These components help keep your car stable during turns and stops. They ensure that your tires maintain contact with the road, providing safer handling and more consistent braking.

Supporting the Vehicle’s Weight: Struts also play a part in supporting the vehicle's weight, not just damping the ride. They are part of the structure of the car's suspension system, holding up the car's chassis and providing a place for the springs.

How Often Should You Check Your Shocks and Struts?

It’s generally recommended to have your shocks and struts checked by a professional every 75,000 miles/5 years. However, if you notice any of the following signs, it might be time to bring your vehicle in sooner:

Unusual tire wear
Excessive bouncing after hitting a bump

Leaking fluid on the outside of shocks or struts

Noticeable swaying during turns


At Bob’s Main Street Auto & Towing, we’re equipped to assess and replace worn shocks and struts, ensuring your ride remains safe and comfortable. Remember, taking care of your shocks and struts not only contributes to your vehicle's longevity but also enhances your overall driving experience. Drive safe, and remember to schedule regular check-ups for your vehicle!

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