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Maintaining Your Murrieta Vehicle’s Shocks and Struts for Safety and Control


Shocks and struts are often mentioned together, and the terms are sometimes even used interchangeably by non-car gurus, but they are considerably different from each other. They are both part of a car’s suspension system, which keeps your vehicle from bouncing down the road and your tires from lifting off the road on curves and turns, but they do this in very different ways.

Shock absorbers, often called “shocks” for short, are pump devices that, when working properly, keep your tires in contact with the road at all times. Struts differ from shocks in that they are structural components of the suspension system of a vehicle, attached to the chassis, and use a spring mechanism to absorb any bumps in the road.

Both shocks and struts are long-lasting vehicle parts that don’t often need replacing, but when they do, it is important to have them replaced right away. Worn out shocks and struts affect your vehicle’s handling, making it unsafe to drive.

How do you know when it’s time to replace your shocks or struts? If you feel your car pulling to one side or the other, see uneven wear on your tires, or are experiencing a bumpy ride, it is time to have your shocks or struts checked. Also, if you’ve been in an accident, even a minor one, it is important to have your suspension inspected.

There are ways to preserve your shocks and struts, and to keep them from needing to be replaced as often. The easiest way to do this is to avoid potholes in the road. Another way is to keep your tires at their recommended air pressure. You can also bring your vehicle in for a regular service, where we can often lubricate some of the suspension and chassis components.

If you are currently experiencing a rough ride in your vehicle, or just want your shocks or struts inspected, call our Murrieta auto mechanic shop today and we can schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you.

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