3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Shock Absorbers

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A shock absorber is a device inside your vehicle that is connected to the suspension. It is designed to absorb and dampen shocks while you are driving down the road. Shock absorbers work by converting the kinetic energy of the bumps and vibrations into another form of energy, which is normally heat, then that energy is dissipated.

Signs of Worn Shock Absorbers

There are a few warning signs to look for when your shock absorbers need to be replaced. If you have a longer stopping distance, your shock absorbers may be worn out. If your vehicle dips and swerves while braking, you should have your shocks replaced. Another sign is if you notice vibrations going down the road. Since shock absorbers are made to absorb these vibrations, you should not feel anything. If the car slides in mild winds, it may be time to replace the shock absorbers. A rocking and rattling sound in your vehicle is a sign your shocks are worn as well. The last sign is if you notice uneven wear on your tires, as this means your tires do not have even contact with the road.

Cost of Replacing Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers are an important part of your vehicle and you must have them. If you notice they are worn or are not working correctly, it is time to get them replaced by a professional.

Common Problems with Shock Absorbers

Hitting a pothole can damage shock absorbers, so you may want to be on the lookout for issues after you hit a large pothole, curb, or have a minor vehicle accident. Shock absorbers can also leak as they are filled with oil. Having your vehicle regularly inspected by a mechanic will help you catch a leak early. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic can inspect your shock absorbers as well as replace them.

Shock absorbers play an important role in your vehicle’s stability, as well as the comfort of the passengers. It is a good idea to keep an eye out for any signs of problems with the shock absorbers so as to get them fixed right away. This way, your vehicle will be safe to drive and much more enjoyable.


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Juan

11 years of experience
31 reviews
Juan
11 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Shock Absorber Replacement (Front) - Walnut Creek, California
Juan was punctual, polite, and responsive. I watched his work processing and it was clear immediately that he is a pro. The work was finished promptly and correctly. I would not hesitate to request Juan again.
Honda Odyssey - Shock Absorber Replacement (Front, Rear) - Elk Grove, California
Juan was fantastic! He was on schedule, very knowledgeable about cars, and did a superb job on installing my struts and shocks. My van rides so much better now!

Michael

36 years of experience
89 reviews
Michael
36 years of experience
Honda Civic - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Buena Park, California
Can not recommend Mike enough. He came in replaced the shocks on my Honda and the ride is a million times better. He is fast and friendly and answered all my questions. He truly is an expert. I used him to repair my Hyundai last year. The first mechanic I saw could not figure out the problem after hours of troubleshooting, Mike on the other hand diagnosed in minutes just by listening to it run.
Mercedes-Benz C230 - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Orange, California
He completed replacing rear shocks for my 2007 c230 sport. He is very knowledgeable and very quick and professional with his works because, I think, he has lots of automotive knowledge. I certainly will use him for all future needs.

Joaquin

3 years of experience
80 reviews
Joaquin
3 years of experience
Hyundai Veracruz - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Plano, Texas
great job, very prompt, explained all that needed to be done and why. would certainly ask for his services again. Bill

Bernie

50 years of experience
29 reviews
Bernie
50 years of experience
Honda Civic - Shock Absorber Replacement (Rear) - Paoli, Pennsylvania
Bernie was very professional. He called before he came. He completed the work quickly. He is very knowledgeable about cars. And he also is willing to share his knowledge about cars. He was also polite and respectful. Thank you Bernie!

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