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Is it Time To Replace Your Shocks and Struts?

Warning signs to look out for

AAMCO Overland Park, KS  | 03/10/2015  | Auto Repair & Maintenance

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Is it Time To Replace Your Shocks and Struts?

Is it Time To Replace Your Shocks and Struts?

We spend a lot of time behind the wheel of our vehicles. Our work commute, sitting in rush hour traffic, running errands and getting the kids to and from school. A study by the Harvard Health Watch reported that average Americans drive 101 minutes every day.  Many people are often looking for ways to make their driving time more comfortable, since they spend so much time in their vehicles

An easy way to improve the quality of life while in your vehicle, is to get regular maintenance when it comes to replacing your shocks and struts. These important parts of your suspension system are what provides you with a smooth and safe ride. The average set of shocks and struts last about 50,000 miles, but might need to be replaced anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. It’s important to be able to detect the warning signs that your shocks and struts might need to be replaced  

Some warning signs to look for include:

  • Your vehicle bottoms out when driving over bumps
  • Your tires are wearing unevenly
  • You experience unusual swaying when making a turn or when changing lanes
  • Your vehicle bounces excessively
  • Your vehicle’s steering response is poor or isn’t handling well
  • One particular corner of your vehicle appears to sag lower than the others

It is important to keep current on your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, as recommended in the owner’s manual for your vehicle.

Putting off repairs and needed services can compromise your vehicle’s safety and performance.  Driving on worn out shocks and struts will prevent you from having a smooth ride. You may be able to ignore the annoying noises and a rather jolting ride, you won’t be able to ignore the lack of control and lack of stopping power that can put you into a potentially dangerous situation. 

Call AAMCO Overland Park today for a convenient appointment or with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your vehicle. 

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