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Posts Tagged: Shocks

How to test struts and shocks

There’s only one way to test struts and shocks and it’s not what you think Shock and strut manufacturers say that shocks and struts should be replaced around 50,000 miles. That’s a pretty conservative estimate based on a worst-case scenario. In reality, the life of your shocks and struts depends on the types of roads you drive on and their condition. If your roads have deep potholes, cracked pavement or gravel, then you’ll have to replace yours sooner rather than later. Consider these stats: At 100,000 miles, the shocks or … 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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