There are several signs that your shocks may need to be replaced. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to bring your car into Trustlane Automotive for an inspection:
Uneven Tire Wear:
This is often one of the first signs that something is wrong with your shocks. If you notice that your tires are wearing down unevenly, it’s a good indication that your vehicle’s shocks aren’t doing their job properly. Over time, this can lead to even more dangerous problems like blowouts.
One of the most obvious signs that your shocks aren’t working correctly is if your car seems to bounce more than usual when going over bumps in the road. This is caused by the shocks not being able to properly absorb the impact of the bump, causing the suspension to compress too much. This can not only make for an uncomfortable ride but can also cause further damage to your car’s suspension components.
Another sign that your shocks need to be replaced is if you notice leaking fluid. This fluid is typically oily and may have a metallic scent. If you see any signs of leaking, it’s essential to take your car in for service as soon as possible. Shocks that are leaking fluid can cause a number of problems, including a decrease in performance and an increased risk of failure.
If your car feels like it’s harder to steer than usual, it could be due to failing shocks. When shocks begin to fail, they can cause your vehicle to sway or feel unstable when making turns and switching lanes. This can make keeping your car on the road challenging and can be especially dangerous if you’re driving on a windy day or in bad weather.
Slower Braking: One of the signs that your shocks are beginning to fail is if you notice that your car takes longer to stop. If it feels like your car is “floating” or taking longer to come to a complete stop, it’s time to have your shocks checked out. Slower braking can reduce your ability to react quickly to bad drivers and nearby accidents, so it’s best to get your shocks fixed fast.