Signs Your Shocks and Struts Need to Be Replaced

Your automobile either has shocks, struts, or a combination of both that make up the backbone of the suspension system. While they are made to last a long time, they don’t last forever (so don’t let them slip your mind). When shocks or struts wear out, the quality of your vehicle ride may suffer. As it worsens, it may feel unstable, shaky, bouncy, or worse. Here are some other signs that indicate your shocks or struts are due for a replacement:

  • Instability with Acceleration -  If your automobile gets more unstable at higher speeds, it means that your suspension is not properly absorbing all the road impacts. Your car may feel wobbly as you hit any uneven surfaces.
  • Tipping with Turns - If your car leans to the side on turns a little too much, it means your shocks and struts are on their way out. 
  • Front Nose-Drives - If the front of your vehicle dips down whenever you brake, it is a sign that your suspension has gone bad.
  • Bouncy Tires - If your tires feel like they don’t properly grip the road and they make clunking noises, it can be caused by bad shocks and struts.
  • Uneven Treads - After your tires bounce for some time, it can cause your tires to wear unevenly. You might even notice wavy looking patches on your tires. If you are always on top of your tire maintenance and still notice uneven wear, it is likely your shocks or struts that are causing this problem.
  • Leaking Fluid - If your struts or shocks have a greasy appearance to them, it is most likely the fluid that supports the function of them. 

For all your suspension repair needs, please call or visit the vehicle experts at Guthrie’s Auto Service today. Feel free to schedule an appointment online with our team.