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How Long Are Shock Absorbers Supposed to Last?

Shock absorbers are a vital component in your car’s suspension system. They keep your car from bouncing excessively by absorbing the road impact. That way, when you drive on bumpy road surfaces, you won’t feel it that much.

Shocks can be found near both the front and rear wheels. They have hydraulic fluid to dampen the uneven motions. With a smoother drive, your car is able to hold the center of gravity and help you maintain control of your vehicle in different road conditions. Since the shock absorbers are always working, they can wear down over time.

On average, a set of shocks can last you about five to ten years. In other words, they can last anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 kilometers. Unfortunately, bad road quality, towing, frequent braking, and reckless driving can all wear them down quicker.

You can also tell when your shock absorbers are wearing out by looking out for the following signs:

  • Bumpy or rough ride - This is the most obvious sign. If your car feels like it loses control when you run over a bump or pothole, it is time to have your shock absorbers looked at.
  • Wobbly steering - Difficulty steering is another major symptom of poor shocks. If your steering feels abnormal, it would be wise to have your shocks looked at too.
  • Fluid leaks - If you find leaking fluid near the shocks, it is probably the hydraulic fluid leaking out of them. They need replacing soon.
  • Uneven tire treads - Since your car can’t grip the road properly with bad shocks, your tires may wear in the wrong places. Scallop tire wear is a common side effect of worn shocks.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, we welcome you to Sil’s Complete Auto Care Centre for a suspension inspection. For quality shock absorber replacements, please give us a call or visit today.

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