But when it comes to your car – they’re an essential part of the mechanics and like everything else on the car, you need to take care of them! Whether you’ve noticed your mechanic charging for these, or you have been told they need fixing, if you’re unsure what these actually do, keep reading.
What’s the Difference Between Them?
Shocks and struts may appear to be very similar — they’re both the things that help your car absorb shock, whether that be from regular driving, or from a collision. Shock absorption can save your life.
How Do They Work?
Struts: As mentioned, struts are an integral part of the car’s steering system and are affixed to the vehicle itself. They are fixed to a ball joint, which allows the strut to move as your tires turn. The point of this set-up is to give the tire and your vehicle as much cushioning as possible, regardless of the direction in which it moves. Struts absorb the impact that would otherwise fall on your vehicle’s suspension as it moves up and down on a road surface.
Shocks: As mentioned, shocks are an add-on to your car’s suspension system. Shocks will help your car by absorbing energy as it moves down the road. Without shocks, your car would simply bounce along as it moved down the road. Shocks won’t support your vehicle’s weight entirely — that’s what struts are for, hence their built-in nature, but they will allow your car a seamless transition from surface to surface.
When Do They Need Maintenance?
Shocks and struts will need fairly regular maintenance and they should be looked at every six months or so. They will likely need replacing after 50,000 miles. If you’re wondering how you’ll know when your shocks or struts need to be looked at — if you don’t want to count the miles (because who does?), then you should keep an eye on your car’s movement and vibration while on the road. If it’s vibrating more than normal, you may want to have a mechanic look over your car’s struts and shocks. If you’re experiencing steering issues, that’s another tell-tale sign of your car needing shock and strut maintenance.
Shocks and struts are integral to your vehicle’s suspension. Waiting to get them looked at it, if you think there’s a problem, could prove to be dangerous. Shock and strut failure at speed can be fatal. Make sure that you get yours checked out regularly.
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