Shocks, Struts, and Suspension
Your vehicle relies on many different systems and parts to function smoothly. While you may know, it’s important to take care of the engine, brakes and other commonly-known components, it is also essential to regularly maintain the other vital parts of your vehicle. Your vehicle’s shocks, struts and suspension play an important role in providing a comfortable, smooth ride.
The Motorist Assurance Program experts have determined that the useful life of a strut or shock is over at approximately 50,000 miles. Here at Sun Devil Auto, we recommend that you have your shocks, struts and suspension visually inspected each time you have your vehicle serviced. We can take a look at these vital elements of your vehicle and let you know if there are any problems that may be affecting the comfort or safety of your ride.
Understanding Your Suspension System
Your vehicle’s suspension system is made up of many different parts designed to connect the frame to the wheels. When working properly, the suspension system allows for the ideal amount of motion and stability between the wheels and the vehicle body. A healthy suspension system performs several additional important functions, including:
- Keeping tires firmly on the road’s surface to extend tire life
- Stabilizing steering for easy of handling and safety
- Minimizing road noises and vibrations for increased comfort
- Facilitating effective braking for maximum safety
Shocks and struts are part of the suspension system, and help prevent excessive movement while driving. By the time you have driven 50,000 miles, your shocks or struts have oscillated around 88 million times.
Signs It’s Time to Have Your Shocks or Struts Inspected
Thankfully, it is pretty easy to tell if your shocks or struts need to be replaced. Here are some of the most common signs to watch for:
- Noticeable swaying or bouncing while driving (rough ride)
- Leaning or “pulling” while changing lanes or turning
- Unusual sound originating from the suspension system
- Dipping forward of the front end when braking
- Original parts that have not been replaced for 50,000 miles
- Visually inspecting for oil leaks which indicate they have lost their charge.
If your vehicle is showing these warning signs, it’s best to have your vehicle inspected right away. There’s no reason to wait to replace the components of your suspension system. Because of new and improved technologies, in many cases, the aftermarket strut or shock is better engineered than the original factory installed parts. What’s more, Sun Devil Auto offers a lifetime warranty on parts including a 12 month or 12,000 mile labor warranty (whichever comes first) to the original purchaser.
To help make your ride smoother, stop by one of our 20 Valley locations and let our ASE Certified technicians take a look at your suspension system today!