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When Should You Replace Your Shocks and Struts?

Warning signs the you may need shock and strut repair

AAMCO Lee's Summit  | 03/10/2015  | Auto Repair & Maintenance

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When Should You Replace Your Shocks and Struts?

When Should You Replace Your Shocks and Struts?

A large portion of our lives is spent behind the wheel of our vehicles. We commute to and from work, sit in rush hour traffic, visit the grocery store and get the kids at school. A study by the Harvard Health Watch reported that average Americans drive 101 minutes every day. Since we spend so much time in our vehicles, people are often looking for ways to make their driving time more comfortable.

A Bumpy Ride

AN easy way to improve the quality of life while in your vehicle, is to regularly replace your shocks and struts. These essential parts of your suspension system work to provide you with a smooth and safe ride. The average set of shocks and struts last about 50,000 miles, but might need to be replaced anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. It’s important to recognize the signs that your shocks and struts might need replacing.  

Warning signs Can Include:

  • The vehicle bottoms out when driving over bumps
  • The tires are wearing unevenly
  • Unusual swaying during making a turn or when changing lanes
  • The vehicle bounces excessively
  • The steering response is poor or it seems that your vehicle isn’t handling well
  • One corner of your vehicle appears to sag lower than the others

Want a Safer and Smoother Drive?

It is important to keep current on your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, as recommended in the owner’s manual for your particular car, truck or SUV. 

Avoiding repairs and needed services may compromise your vehicle’s performance and safety.  Driving on worn out shocks and struts will not allow you to have a smooth ride. Even if you’re able to ignore the annoying noises and a rather jolting ride, you won’t be able to ignore the lack of control and lack of stopping power that can put you into a potentially dangerous situation. 

Keep your car running at its best by calling the expert techs at AAMCO Lee’s Summit today for an easy appointment.

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