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What Are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

When considering the various systems your vehicle has, the suspension system rarely comes to mind first. With over 30,000 working parts in the average vehicle, it can be difficult to know what all they are let alone what they do. However, we believe the suspension system should not go unnoticed. Specifically, the shocks and struts are key in providing all of us with a safe, smooth, and comfortable drive. 


When you operate your car on rocky terrain or bumpy surfaces, you may feel the tiniest bit shaky. Overall, it shouldn’t surprise you or send a jolt up your car. The suspension system is responsible for absorbing the road impacts so that you can continue driving. 


The shocks are the part of the suspension that dampens the initial shock to prevent your vehicle from bouncing excessively when going over bumps. In other words, they absorb the kinetic energy. The struts are more so a structural component of the suspension system, and they support the weight of your car. Nevertheless, both shocks and struts are necessary to promote optimal handling and control of your vehicle.


Over the years, the suspension goes through a lot of stress and components need to be replaced. Below are some of the common warning symptoms of worn shocks and struts:

  • Excessive bouncing after going over a bump in the road
  • Rough rides
  • Uneven or premature tire wear
  • Car vibrations at high speeds
  • Vehicle dives when braking
  • Vehicle squats when accelerating
  • Leaking fluid in the shocks area


These are the critical signs that indicate it is time to service your vehicle’s shocks and struts. Driving with poor quality suspension parts is not uncomfortable, but it is certainly not safe. To avoid costly repairs down the line, we recommend bringing your car to the suspension experts at X-tra Mile Auto Care ASAP. Feel free to give us a call or fill out our appointment form online today.