The primary purpose of car shock absorbers is to keep your tires firmly on the road so you can control your vehicle. When you pass over a bump in the road and your car or truck continues to bounce, that oscillation, or up-and-down motion, is most likely due to faulty shock absorbers.
The name "shock absorber" is self-explanatory: Car and truck shocks absorb the up-and-down shock created by the springs when you hit a bump. Shock absorbers don't just smooth the ride, they also keep the car or truck controllable after a bump.
Faulty shocks aren't just uncomfortable, they're also dangerous. Fortunately, you can restore the ride and handling of your car, truck, van, or SUV with new shock absorbers from our huge selection.
It is important to note that not all vehicles have both shocks and struts. Some have just struts and some vehicles have only shocks. Shocks are part of the overall suspension, and a strut is a complete suspension assembly The shocks and/or struts in your car perform two functions. They dampen spring oscillation, and secondly, they aid in ride control. The springs in your car actually absorb road shocks (not the shock absorbers). The shock absorber's function is to dampen the bouncing spring. If you did not have shock absorbers to dampen the spring
it would hit hard every time you hit a bump in the road, making it very difficult to handle and dangerous. The shock absorbers in your car aid in ride control by keeping the car manageable during regular driving In addition, worn shocks and/or struts can accelerate the wear of your tires and suspension parts -- the ball joints, steering linkage, springs and C.V. joints Preventative checkups are the key to side-stepping the effects of worn shocks and/or struts
Things to look for:
- Leaks on the housing
- Dents on the shock or strut body
- Worn rubber mounting bushings
- Pitted piston rods
- Crushed rubber bumpers from "bottoming out"
- Abnormal wear on tires (high and low spots