REPLACING SHOCKS AND STRUTS
Shocks and struts tend to lose their handling qualities over time. After approximately 50K, shocks and struts could start to leak and have excessive bounce. Annual inspections will keep you informed on their condition. It is also recommended to get your alignment and suspension checked at least once a year.
Struts and shocks have an important impact on the ride and handling of your vehicle. Replacing your struts and shocks is a part of your routine maintenance. They are not needed as often as fluid changes but still need to be thought of. Worn shocks can make your vehicle handle poorly. Common symptoms that your shocks are worn down are:
- Rough ride
- Bounces up and down over bumps and dips
- A rattling noise
There is no set mileage when shocks should be replaced. It is more about how the vehicle is driven. If driven on dirt or bumpy roads, the struts will wear much faster than a vehicle that is driven on freeway or city streets. Weak shocks can also cause added stress to other front end components as well as brakes.
Are shocks and struts replaced at the same time?
Shocks and struts are different in design but serve the same purpose. Shocks are made to absorb the bounce from a different type of spring than the struts. Some vehicles will have shocks or struts on either front or rear of the chassis.
Do I replace all four shocks and struts at the same time?
Struts are usually replaced in pairs. Either both front or both rear struts are replaced at the same time. They are replaced in pairs because they usually wear the same. If you really want to see better results in the handling of the vehicle, replacing all four is the way to go, even if the old ones are still good. You will notice the improvement if you do all four. Please note that if you carry heavy loads, the rear ones will wear much faster than the front ones. Every situation is different.