Shock absorbers wear out over time. You should know when to replace your shock absorbers to maintain your car's performance and enhance its safety. Shock absorbers are part of the suspension system and act as a buffer to prevent vibrations from the road from reaching the body of your car.
How Long Should Shock Absorbers Last?
At the very least, shock absorbers should last for about four to five years. However, they can deteriorate quite fast if you drive in off-road conditions regularly. On the other hand, they can last as much as ten years if you only drive in smooth road conditions.
You can also estimate when it is time to replace the shock absorbers by checking the distance covered since that last change. A good rule of the thumb is between 50,000 and 70,000 miles. If you regularly drive in off-road conditions, you may have to go with the lower cut-off mark. It is a good idea to have the shock absorbers inspected at least once a year to determine if they require replacement.
How to Determine If the Shock Absorbers Are Worn Out
The suspension system is made of various components that include shock absorbers. You could experience unusual noises, bumpy rides and vibrations from damaged ball joints, tie rods, and control arms. Therefore, before you go shopping for another pair of shock absorbers, you should have the entire suspension system checked.
However, some signs point towards damaged shock absorbers. They include the following:
- Liquid leaking out of the shock absorber: You will notice moisture running down the shock absorber material. This is a sign of total failure.
- Bumping or knocking from rear suspension: It means that the vibrations from the road are reaching the body of the car.
- The vehicle does not sit level: The car slants towards the side that has failed shock absorbers
- The car bounces more than it should: You will notice even tiny bumps that you have been passing over without shaking.
- Off-road driving becomes a challenge due to excessive shaking
If you need a shock absorber replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!