What Are the Symptoms of Bad Shocks?

Aug 16, 2019

What Are the Symptoms of Bad Shocks?

Shock absorbers do more than help your car drive smoothly. They help you maintain control. Bad shocks are going to make any drive uncomfortable or unsafe. Here are the most common signs your shock absorbers need replacing.

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Is my car showing signs of being C.U.R.S.E.D?

C- Car moving/ sliding in side winds

U- Uneven wear and tear on your tires

R- Rocking and rattling when driving

S- Swerving when you apply your brakes

E- Excessive vibrations from your steering wheel

D- Delayed or longer stopping distances

Vibrations when driving

If you have noticed vibrations when driving, this can stem from the valves or piston seal inside your cars shock absorbers wearing out. This means it isn’t sitting properly allowing fluid to flow uncontrolled past the valve or piston seal. If this is happening in your car, then you will begin to feel every tiny bump in the road when you have your hands on the wheel.

Braking Issues

If you’re bringing your car to a stop and it causes the front end to dip or results in any swerving, this is a sign of worn shocks. This symptom can be very dangerous in wet weather so be sure to get it looked at as soon as you can!

Delayed or Longer Stopping Distances

Did you know that worn shocks can increase your braking distance by 20%?! This could mean the difference between a safe stop and an accident. Get booked in to have your brakes inspected! Get a quote from one of our local mechanics.

Uneven Tyre Wear

Worn shocks cannot keep your tyres firmly on the road surface. You may notice a slight bounce when driving. The part of the tyre that is in contact with the road will wear down but other parts of the tyre that are not in contact will cause uneven tyre wear. As your tyres rotate, the contact area constantly changes with road speed, frequency of bounce etc.

Leaking Fluid

The seals surrounding the shocks can begin to leak, resulting in leaking fluid. The loss of fluid will cause a loss in the ability of the shocks to do their job, as there will be less fluid in the chamber to work with.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, your shock absorbers need replacing. It’s best to get this looked at before it gets worse! We can provide quotes from local mechanics in your area that can replace your worn shocks.


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