Why do I need to replace my Shocks and Struts when my car rides fine?
Shocks and Struts are designed to control the Tires so they stay in contact with road surfaces as much as possible. If vehicle Tires are free to bounce (which is what happens when Struts and Shocks wear) they are not as effective at gripping the road, so Steering, Handling, and Braking are all affected. Shocks and Struts are not just for ride comfort: their primary function, Tire control, is a much more important role.
Because worn Shocks and Struts cannot be seen like worn Tires, and because it is very gradual, the driver is the last to notice the difference. A passenger riding in the vehicle for the first time may even comment on the “ride” that seems normal to the driver. But, regardless of how it may feel to you, worn Struts and Shocks will cause a change in Tire Wear and Vehicle Handling that should not go unaddressed.
Shocks and Struts should always be replaced in pairs or, better yet, all four, for even, predictable handling and control. Remember, too, that whenever the Struts are replaced, it becomes important to check the Alignment, as it may have changed, to protect your vehicle Tires and assure maximum safety.
If you think your Shocks and Struts need replacement, we will be happy to help you. We treat every car we work on with the same care as if it were our own vehicle. Our goal is to keep you safe and on the road.