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Difference between shocks and struts

What’s the difference between shocks and struts Are shocks and struts the same thing? There’s a difference between a shock and a strut. Even though both are designed to dampen spring oscillations to keep your tires in contact with the road, a strut also acts as a structural component. Automotive engineers use struts to reduce vehicle cost and provide a stiffer “feel” to the driver, making the vehicle slightly more responsive with less body roll in turns and providing a more sports car like ride. Most automotive struts use a … Read More

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 is closer to 80,000 to 120,000 miles but strut life really 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 … Read More

How long do struts last?

Signs of worn shocks or struts How long do struts last? The simple answer is 80,000 to 120,000 miles. But it really depends on the road conditions in your area. If your roads are in rough shape with potholes, you can wear out your struts in as little as 50,000 miles. On normal roads, 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 … Read More


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