Shock absorbers are hydraulic (oil) pump like devices that help to control the impact and rebound movement of your vehicle’s springs and suspension. The key role of shock absorbers are to:
- ensure that the vehicle’s tyres remain in contact with the road surface at all times, along with smoothening out bumps and vibrations.
- control the movement of springs and suspension
Shock absorbers are an important part of your vehicle as it ensures the safest control and braking response from your car.
At any time that a tyre’s contact with the ground is broken or reduced, your ability to drive, steer and brake is severely compromised, which puts the driver in grave danger.
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Symptoms of a Failing Shock Absorber
Vibrations in your steering wheel while driving
If there’s constant vibration while you’re driving, it might be a sign that there’s a serious problem with your shocks. At highway speeds, these vibrations could become more intense and hamper your ability to control the car.
Swerving or nose diving while braking
If stepping on the brake causes the front end to dip noticeably or swerve, worn shocks may be the culprit. Watch out, since this symptom could be especially dangerous in wet weather.
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Brakes take more time to stop the car
It will take extra time for the vehicle to take up all the piston rod length if uncontrolled and this adds time and extends the stopping distance required to come to a complete stop.
Uneven tire wear
A shock that is worn out is unable to keep the tire firmly on the road surface. This causes a slight bounce as the vehicle moves over the road surface.
At times, the seals surrounding the shaft extending from the body of the shock will begin to leak and this leaking fluid will run down the side of the shock towards the ground. The loss of fluid will cause a loss in the ability of the shock to perform its function as there will be less and less fluid in the chamber to work with.
Car veering or sliding in side winds
When there’s no strong wind or tornado and your car veers or slides, this could mean you’re dealing with a shock absorber problem. Worn or leaking shocks can lead to unsteadiness on the road.
The above worn shock symptoms won’t appear overnight. Shocks wear out over a period of time, making it difficult to determine when they need to be replaced. If you notice one of these signs, take quick action for your own safety and start with a complete vehicle inspection at your nearest automobile repair center. If buying shocks or 4-wheel drive hardware online is more convenient to you, check out 4 Wheel Parts’ inventory and order today.