How to Know When to Replace Shocks

Signs Your Shocks Need Replacement

Picture of car shocksAt Street Automotive of Mesa we often are asked what signs a vehicle owner should look out for to signal the need for shock replacement. While the industry standard recommendation is to replace your shocks at the 50,000 mile mark, there are signs you can watch for to warn you that your shocks need replacement. Check out this list outlining how to know when to replace your shocks.

Can’t handle the dips

If your car seems to “bottom out” over dips, speed bumps or railroad tracks, you may need new shocks. Your shocks act as dampers and keep your car from excessively dipping when you go over bumps in the road.

Continuing to bounce

When you drive over a speed bump or dip in the road, does your car continue to bounce long after the fact? If your car is bouncing excessively after bumps you may have old shocks that are no longer absorbing the road’s impact on your car.

Excessive Lean

When you take corners if your car has an over exaggerated or excessive body lean, your shocks may be the culprit. Shocks should act as a damper to body lean when you turn, but when they are no longer functioning properly your car can take a hard lean.

Nose Dive

When you brake, does your car dive forward? If the front end of your car is “nose diving” when you stop your shocks are most likely the cause.

Leaking Fluid

If your shocks are leaking fluid this is a sure sign they need attention. Fluid leakage should be attended to immediately and a mechanic should inspect your shocks as soon as possible.

Take the Test

Another simple way to tell if your shocks are wearing out is to push down hard on each corner of your vehicle. If your car continues to bounce after you let go, your shocks are in need of replacement. This test is easiest to perform on smaller vehicles, as large SUVs can be harder to push with enough force to test.

If you believe your car is in need of shock replacement, come see our trustworthy mechanics at Street Automotive of Mesa. We can help you assess your shocks and find you a replacement solution.