When should you replace shocks and struts?

Shocks and struts are components we find ourselves here in the shop replacing on vehicles often. We recommend (along with the engineers at Gabriel) replacing shocks and struts every 50,000 miles. Below you will find an article written by the team at Gabriel and it explains everything you need to know about shock & strut replacement. Along with Gabriel we offer brands such as Monroe, KYB, Duralast, & Masterpro. All shocks & struts installed at our shop comes with a 15 month/or 15,000 miles worry-free guarantee covering failed parts & labor cost.

As a driver, it’s pretty obvious when you have tire failure; you can hear the noise created by a puncture or feel the damage while driving. Most drivers don’t notice when their shocks or struts fail because it happens gradually. Instead, drivers tend to adjust their driving without realizing they are compensating for extra roll or bounce.

Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

Worn shocks and struts can significantly reduce your ability to control your vehicle. For maximum driver safety, comfort, and control, Gabriel® recommends that you have your shocks or struts replaced every 50,000 miles.

Shocks and struts also play an important role in helping your vehicle stop. Worn shocks and struts can significantly increase stopping distance by 12.3 feet or 11.7% when stopping from 50 mph, and by 22.6 feet or 11.2% when stopping from 70 mph. * **

* Source: RAC (Royal Automotive Club) Trial number 996 tested the affect on stopping distance at 50 mph and 70 mph of three typical family sedan cars fitted with rear shocks at 100% efficiency and at 50% efficiency.

** Actual stopping distances may vary based on the vehicle type, suspension design, actual wear on the shocks and struts, road and weather.

Can you recognize the signs of worn shocks and struts?

Below are some of the warning signs that may indicate worn shocks or struts. If you experience any of these signs, you should have your shocks or struts inspected by a qualified service technician immediately.

Excessive Bounce On Rough Surfaces

Steering Wheel Vibrates

Uneven Tire Wear

Dented Or Damaged Housing

Nose-Diving When Braking

Noticeable Fluid Leaks From Shock Or Struts

Vehicle Veers In Crosswinds

Excessive Lean Or Sway On Turns

There is no substitute for a thorough inspection by a qualified professional, especially every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

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