Know When it’s Time for New Shocks or Struts

September 14th, 2016 by

Shocks and struts wear out. It’s a fact of life. You put enough miles on your vehicle, almost any component will wear out. One thing that’s always working, every time that you’re on the road, is your suspension system. So how do you know when your suspension components need to be replaced? The experts here at Chevrolet of Homewood are here at help.

How Do You Know When to Replace Shocks and Struts?

Your suspension is just about the last thing you want to fail when you’re driving. Failure of shocks or struts might result in a terrible ride quality, poor handling, or even more dangerous problems. Plus, when your suspension system is working, your brakes work better, and your vehicle will handle better. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your shocks and struts? Here are some of the warning signs:

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  • Excessive Bouncing: If your vehicle bounces excessively after you drive over a bump, it’s a sign that your shock absorbers are worn out. While the coil spring part of your suspension is still doing its job, the struts or shock absorber isn’t doing its job.
  • Dives and Squats: If your car dives forward when you brake, or if the rear end of your vehicle accelerates, this is another sign that you need to have your suspension worked on. It’s a good indication that you need some replacement shocks or struts. Likewise, if your vehicle dives into corners on one side you might need replacements.
  • Tire Cupping: If your shocks and struts are bad, your tires may have uneven wear patterns. Tire cupping or scalloping is the kind of wear pattern that happens where you have a wear pattern that includes a patches of excessive wear and patches of almost no wear.
  • Leaking Fluid: Your shocks are full of hydraulic fluid. While small amounts of leakage is normal as the shocks move, if they look very wet or oily, it’s time to worry.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood Today

We’re happy to help with your shocks and struts here at Chevrolet of Homewood, your local Calumet City area Chevy dealer and service center. Visit us at 18033 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL, to take care of all of your maintenance and service, or schedule service online now.