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Posts Tagged: struts

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 Every time I see someone ask how to test struts and shocks I see the same reply; bounce the fender and see how many times it rebounds. That methods works for shocks, but it’s not the way to test a strut. It never was, never will be. In fact, if you use the bounce test for struts, you’ll ALWAYS get a false positive result. So let’s tackle this common strut testing myth You CANNOT test … Read More

When to replace shocks and struts

When to replace shocks and struts Shocks and struts are safety items and they wear out First, let’s get rid of the most common strut testing myth You CANNOT test a strut by bouncing on the fender. The bounce and jounce test is NOT a legitimate test. Period. Anybody who tells you to test your struts by bouncing on the fender and counting the number of rebounds is someone who doesn’t understand the difference between a shock and a strut. Unless the strut is completely worn out and has lost … Read More


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