It is important that you are able to identify the warning signs of failing shock absorbers and struts in your vehicle. Having worn shock absorbers can result in your vehicle taking a longer amount of time to stop when the brakes are applied. As well as being a potential safety risk, your car may not pass its next WOF if the shocks are worn.

What do shock absorbers do?

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A shock absorber is a hydraulic device that controls the movement of your car’s springs and suspension, preventing the vehicle from bouncing and shaking when going over bumps. The purpose of shock absorbers (or shocks) is to make sure the vehicle’s tyres remain in contact with the road. This allows the vehicle to stop promptly when the brakes are applied.


What are the signs that your shock absorbers need replacement?

1. Vibrations while driving:

Damaged or worn shock absorbers can make your steering wheel vibrate when you are driving. This is because your tyres have less contact with the road. At high speeds, the vibration can increase, restricting the control you have over your car.

If you are experiencing vibrations while driving, we recommend that you drive slowly and get your vehicle fixed as soon as possible.

2. Vehicle “dives” when braking:

Ideally, your car should remain level at all times, even if you stop suddenly. If the front of your vehicle leans forward when you brake, your shock absorbers may be in need of replacement.

If your vehicle leans to one side when it is turning, this can also be a sign of damaged shock absorbers.

3. Longer stopping distance:

If you notice that your vehicle is taking a longer amount of time to stop, it may be a problem with your shock absorbers rather than your brakes. Damaged shock absorbers can reduce brake responses by up to 20%, compromising the safety of your vehicle.

If you notice a delay in your vehicle’s braking, we recommend that you get it examined by a mechanic as soon as possible.

4. Inconsistent tyre wear:

When your shock absorbers or suspension system is faulty, your car’s tyres will bounce up and down, causing rubber to be scraped off. This can result in uneven wear in your tyres.

Over time, this can decrease the lifespan of your tyres and affect the smoothness of your vehicle, even after the shock absorbers have been fixed.


Why get your shock absorbers serviced?

Getting your shock absorbers serviced or replaced will:

  • Improve safety, allowing your vehicle to stop quickly after braking.
  • Increase the life of your tyres.
  • Prevent further damage to your suspension system.
  • Provide a smoother, less bumpy ride for you and your passengers.


Shock Absorber Replacement in Hamilton

At Grimmer Motors, our skilled, qualified and experienced mechanics are able to perform a shock absorber replacement on your vehicle. This will improve your safety as well as remove the risk of further damage to your tyres and suspension system. For reliable shock absorber services and replacement, contact Grimmer Motors today.


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