If you’re like most of us, you want your car to handle well. That’s the job of your suspension system. Shocks, springs, and struts are easy to forget about because they last long and wear out slowly. But they are very important- they keep your tires on the road! Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling.
There’s a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. A strut combines a shock and coil spring in one compact unit. When your shocks are worn out, you may notice many things that are different about your ride.
The following are just a few:
- Your vehicle feels squirmy around corners and floaty over bumps
- You may notice the rear end squatting when you accelerate or the front end diving when you brake
- Your car may even be sagging in one corner
- Uneven tire wear can be a sign of worn shocks
Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to replace the shocks and struts on your vehicle. It’s usually between thirty and fifty thousand miles (If you tow, carry heavy loads or drive on poorly paved roads often, your shocks are likely to wear out faster).
The shocks on the vehicle that come from the factory are designed specifically for the type of driving they expect the consumer to do. If you believe you need shocks that are better made for your type of driving, your service manager at Cunningham’s Automotive Repair can set you up with premium shocks. These will improve performance handling, off-road abilities, and towing comfort. It is best to replace all four shocks at the same time. This ensures safe and predictable handling around the entire car because the wear on the shocks will be the same for each one.
Our services for shocks and struts include the following:
- Shock Absorber
- McPherson Strut
- Shock Inspection
- Strut Inspection
- Shock Replacement
- Strut Replacement
- Strut Cartridge Replacement
- Quick Starts
- Strut Mounts
- Strut Bearings
- Shock Upgrades
- Strut Upgrades
You can call us at 610-847-6006 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today!