By the time you begin driving, or shortly afterward, you should know that the vehicle is made up of more parts than just the body, wheels, and engine. There are many components that make up a car. Some parts are as large as the body, engine, and wheels. Also, there are some that are smaller like the brakes, calipers, and shock absorbers. All the components of a vehicle aid in keeping it running. On occasion, we will need to replace the parts that make up our car. Here is a small guide to help you learn when and why to replace your shock absorbers.
What is a Shock Absorber Used for?
The shock absorber, while small is an essential part of the car's braking system. It helps to take the sternness off the braking. That is, it is for when you stop you and your passengers do not feel it as bad as you would should you not have the absorber. It prevents large amounts of hydraulic fluids from entering through the pistons.
Know When to Replace Your Car's Shock Absorbers
Many parts of a vehicle will have a set expiration date. These parts need replacing after so long or a certain number of miles. Unlike, these parts, the shock absorbers do not come with a set timeframe of replacing them. You will just know when they need replacing. One symptom of failing shock absorbers is that your car is taking longer distances to come to a complete stop.
Also, if you step on the brake and your car continues to drive, it may be a sign the absorbers are going bad. This action can cause damage to the vehicle's engine, but it can also be dangerous when the road is wet or icy.
Finally, if your car is vibrating, it could be a sign that your shock absorbers need replacing. If you need to replace your absorbers, please come into our auto repair shop and have them replaced. We have mechanics who specialize in shock absorbers. We will take pride in performing the maintenance on your vehicle and getting you back on the road.