When to Replace Shocks?

How do you know when your vehicle needs new shocks or struts?

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.

How shocks and struts affect breaking distance.

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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 be dangerous and 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.

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.
Replace Your Shocks Every 50,000 Miles

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.

If you have additional questions, feel free to visit our FAQs page or call the Gabriel Answerman.


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