Overview of Shocks and Struts
Shocks and struts are two of the most important aspects of a car’s suspension system. Shocks manage the spring and suspension movement, which helps minimize the severity of bounce your car naturally experiences on the road. In doing so, it also helps reduce the rate of roll, sway, brake dive, and acceleration squat. Meanwhile, struts are a structural component that provides support for the springs. They directly affect your car’s handling and riding comfort, on top of braking, steering, and wheel alignment. A strut is made up of different pieces, including a coil spring, strut housing, and damping unit. Over time, both shocks and struts experience wear due to constantly being in motion. Accelerated wear is possible if you frequently drive on rough or unpaved roads and/or tow or haul heavy loads. If you fall into one of these categories, you can expect to replace them at around 40,000 to 50,000 miles. For the average driver, however, they can last you 75,000 to 90,000 miles. Contact us at Eric’s Car Care for further information.
Signs of Bad Shocks and Struts
For the best performance out of your car, truck, or SUV, we always recommend placing shocks and struts at the same time. While it’s essential to keep in mind your maintenance intervals and the mileage milestones listed above for replacement, there are circumstances where they require repair or replacement earlier than intended. Fortunately, numerous signs let you know there may be a problem. One of the most common is excessive bouncing or shaking from the vehicle (usually indicative of a shock problem). If you notice a lack of steering response, the very front of your vehicle dipping when you come to a stop, or your vehicle swaying or leaning when making a turn, there is likely an issue with one of the pieces. Pay attention to how your car operates as you drive on I-610 or SH-286, too, as a lack of control at high speeds is another indicator. Additional symptoms deal with the physical pieces: unevenly worn or abnormally flat tires, broken bushings/mounts, or the pieces displaying a leak, dent, damage, or corrosion.
Visit Our Repair Shop Today
If your car is exhibiting signs of bad shocks or struts, we encourage you to schedule an appointment here at Eric’s Car Care. If you put off repair for too long, the higher the chance the components will further compromise your suspension system. This can lead to a ride that’s hard to control, which is a dangerous situation to be in on the road when you visit our auto shop serving Med. Center, we’ll discuss the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and use that as a foundation for our inspection. From there, we’ll examine your suspension and closely assess the condition of your shocks and struts. Whether you require a quick repair or a full part replacement, we’ll be able to take care of it for you. Our technicians are meticulous, and ASE certified, and the equipment we use is top-shelf and up to industry standards. To learn more about how we can help, call us at 713-667-9293. You’ll find our Med. Center location at 6950 Kirby Drive, just a block east from Vanderbilt Square.