Shocks, Struts, and Suspension
Have you noticed that your vehicle has recently become more difficult to handle? If you’re missing the days when your commute was smooth and comfortable, it may be time to replace components of your suspension system. Here at Sun Auto Service, we employ highly-experienced ASE Certified technicians who can inspect your struts, shocks and suspension to see if they are in proper working order.
Most experts, especially those with The Motorist Assurance Program, agree that struts and shocks only last about 50,000 miles before they need to be replaced. However, depending on the make and model of your vehicle, your driving habits and the climate in which you live, yours may need to be replaced sooner.
How Your Suspension System Works
The primary responsibility of your vehicle’s suspension system is to keep the frame of the body attached to the wheels while also allowing for a certain degree of movement and flexibility between the two. It is made up of many parts, including struts, shocks, linkages and springs that help stabilize steering, facilitate braking and improve vehicle handling. When the suspension system is working properly, it contributes to:
- Minimal road noise
- Reduced vibration and increased ride comfort
- Extension of tire life
- Effective braking
- Easier steering capabilities
If the struts or shocks become damaged, worn or lose fluid, it can make it harder to steer or control the vehicle. Immediate replacement of damaged shocks or struts is recommended for maximum comfort and safety.
When to Consider Replacement
If you notice any of the following problems while driving your vehicle, it is time to consider having your struts or shocks inspected by a professional:
- The front end dips noticeably downward when braking
- You feel an uncomfortable amount of vibration or bouncing while driving
- The car sways or leans excessively when making turns or lane changes
- Unusual sounds come from the suspension area
- You have driven 50,000 miles or more since you last had your struts or shocks replaced
Why wait to replace the components of your suspension system? Thanks to improved technologies, in many cases, the aftermarket strut or shock is better formulated than the original equipment parts. Along with our top quality service, Sun Auto Service offers a lifetime warranty on parts including a 12 month or 12,000 mile labor warranty (whichever comes first) to the original purchaser.
Whether you need to have your struts and shocks replaced or you simply want to increase the comfort and stability of your ride, stop by a Sun Auto Service location near you and let us steer you to safety.