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As you drive around a bend in the road, does your vehicle sway such that you worry it might just tip over? Or when you drive over a bumpy road, do you tense your body in anticipation for impact and jolting? If so, bring your vehicle to us at Lindsay Tire Automotive & Accessories, and one of our technicians will inspect your suspension system. It may be time to replace your shocks and struts.

When Shocks and Struts Go Bad

The suspension system of your vehicle is responsible for creating a cushy and smooth ride. Shocks and struts have the responsibility to dampen the oscillation of the springs in the suspension system and thus reduce the overall swaying of your vehicle’s cab.

Shocks and struts are often used interchangeably, as each component serves the same purpose while being packaged slightly differently. Your vehicle may only have one or the other, or perhaps a combination of the two. For example, your car may have shocks on the two rear wheels and struts on the two front wheels. When replacing shocks and struts, they are always replaced in pairs. Replacing the shocks and struts for all four wheels at one time is recommended.

Shocks and struts slowly wear out over time, so their deterioration may not be noticed. Take notice for the following warning signs of shocks and struts going bad:

  • Vehicle handling is unpredictable
  • Harsh and bumpy ride
  • Leaking fluid on the shocks or struts
  • Wavy dips on the tire tread

Replacing your shocks and struts not only will give you a smoother ride, but it will also protect the rest of your vehicle from road irregularities. Call us to set up an appointment to inspect your shocks and struts. We will restore your car to provide a smooth and gentle ride.