No matter what type of car you drive, eventually your car is going to need new struts and shocks. It’s a normal part of car maintenance, and vital one. If you don’t replace your car’s suspension parts, you compromise your stopping distance and safety, and may end up fixing other car parts that were damaged due to your worn struts and shocks.
Tire tread wear
When you replace or rotate your tires, take note of the tread. Are there chunks of tire missing? Did your tires wear unevenly? This could be a sign of worn suspension parts or a symptom of another problem.
Obviously, this is the most common sign you need new shocks and struts because your shocks absorb and readjust continually for a smooth ride. If your car keeps bouncing well after hitting a bump, or you notice that your car is bouncing more with each bump, schedule an appointment with your mechanic to see if your shocks or struts are ready for replacement.
If your car leans abruptly forward when you hit your brakes, it’s time to schedule an appointment to find out if your suspension is the cause. This car behavior is called a “nose dive” and it’s a possible sign of a worn suspension part.
We’re not talking about oil leaks on the ground, but oil on the shock. If you peer under your car and see oil covering your shock, contact your mechanic as soon as possible. It’s time to get your shock and struts looked at, and get a quote for replacement costs.
Tire rods, wheel bearings, bushings, struts…the list of suspension parts that could be causing your car to pull to the right or left can go on and on. There are few ways for the laymen to diagnose a worn suspension part, so make sure to schedule an appointment with your mechanic.
This list is not an endless list of signs that it’s time to replace your suspension parts, and unfortunately there’s no hard or fast rule (i.e. mileage, time amount, etc.) that dictates when it’s time to replace your struts or shocks. Different driving styles and road conditions dictate the rate your suspension parts wear, making it your responsibility to watch for signs of car suspension part replacement. Another strategy is to ask your mechanic to check your shocks and struts periodically when you make an appointment for an oil change. Together, you and your mechanic can keep your car in good working order and riding smoothly—without excessive bouncing after every bump in the road.