Shock and Strut Warning Signs


Keep Your Shocks and Struts Working Properly

You don't have to replace shocks and struts at specific mileage intervals, so it's important to understand how to identify the warning signs associated with failing shocks and struts. Shocks and struts wear out over time and the implications of failure could be incredibly dangerous. New shocks and struts can make you stop up to ten feet sooner, while providing increased vehicle stability and better driver control.

Shock and Strut Warning Signs:

Excessive Bouncing

Coil springs are part of your vehicle's suspension system. The coil springs are mounted between the wheels and the frame of the vehicle if your vehicle is designed with shocks. Struts, on the other hand, are essentially a shock absorber and coil spring all in one piece. Regardless of whether you have shocks or struts, your car bounces on the coil springs when you drive over a bump. The shock absorbers in both cases keep your car from bouncing nonstop. So if you drive over a bump or a patch of rough road and your vehicle continues to bounce, it is an indication that your vehicle requires a shock or strut replacement.

Nose Dives/Rear End Squats Dipping

Your car should be steady and stable at all times, whether you are turning, accelerating, or braking, so that you can stay in control as you drive. Shock and struts help keep the car steady.

If the front end of your car dives when braking, it is a sign that your shocks and struts need to be replaced, or at least evaluated. If the rear end of your vehicle "squats" when you accelerate, that's another sign that your shocks or struts require service. Additionally, if you make a turn and the vehicle dips drastically to one side, your shocks or struts may need to be replaced by the Toyota of Greenville service squad.

Tire "Cupping"

Your tires will literally bounce up and down as you drive if the struts or shocks on your vehicle are bad. Bits of rubber get scraped off each time the tires hit the ground. This is commonly referred to as "cupping" or "scalloping." So you might have some tread, a smooth patch, some tread, a smooth patch, and so on instead of having a consistent treadwear pattern across the tire. This is because the holes left by the missing rubber tend to get smoothed over as you drive.

Leaking Fluid

There is a piston and hydraulic fluid inside every shock and strut. The shocks or struts compress when you drive over a bump or a rough stretch of road, causing the piston to push against the hydraulic fluid. This absorbs the force of the piston. Sometimes that fluid that can leak out of the shock or strut. Believe it or not, a little leakage is perfectly normal and will look like a small wet spot on an otherwise dry shock or strut. Leakage that you need to worry about will make most of the shock or strut look wet and oily.

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