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Difference between shocks and struts

What’s the difference between shocks and struts Car owners are often confused as to the difference between shocks and struts. I’ll show you how the two system works and cover the advantages and disadvantages of each system. What is a shock absorber? A shock absorber is an hydraulic unit that dampens a vehicle’s spring oscillations. It’s entire purpose is to eliminate bounce and keepthe tires on the road to improve traction and vehicle control. The shock itself is similar to a doctor’s syringe where the plunger is connected to the … Read More

Signs of worn shocks or struts

Signs of worn shocks or struts When to replace shocks and struts The simple answer is 80,000 to 100,000 miles. Period. If you think yours will last longer, you’re kidding yourself. In fact, most shocks and struts are seriously compromised by the time they rack up 100,000 miles. However, since they wear slowly, driver’s rarely notice. What happens as shocks and struts wear • Your stopping distance increases • You lose steering control. • You decrease vehicle stability in turns and maneuvers. • You accelerate the wear on your tires … Read More


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