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What are the Symptoms of Failing Shocks and Struts?

While driving on the road, typically you can enjoy a smooth ride because of your vehicle's suspension system. Within the suspension system lives the shock absorbers and the struts, which are both important integrally and to the overall comfort of your drive. Shocks and struts endure quite a bit of force and heat with every ride, which is why they do tend to wear down over time with regular use of your vehicle. When these parts are worn, damage can start occurring to your tires and you'll notice that your ride has become much bumpier than usual. 

How long do shocks and struts typically last? The answer will depend on a number of factors, including the make and model of your vehicle and your own individual driving habits. However, they typically last around 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If it's been a while since you had your suspension system inspected, look out for the following symptoms: 

  • Car bounces excessively when driving over bumps or uneven surfaces
  • Vibrating or shaking at high speeds
  • Uneven or excessive tire wear
  • Car nose dives when braking
  • Car rear-end squats when accelerating 
  • Shocks appear to be leaking fluid

If you are experiencing any of the warning signs listed above, you probably have worn shocks or struts, or may have a separate issue with your vehicle's suspension system. As soon as you notice any of these signs, we invite you into Pete's Auto Service for an inspection. Our mechanics will take a look to see if you need shocks or strut replacement and provide a full estimate of our recommendations for your complete approval. 

We don't want you to have an uncomfortable ride, and to be honest, driving with bad shocks and struts causes more than just discomfort. Your tires will wear out quickly, costing you money on a new set much sooner than anticipated. Plus, damage can start occurring to other connection suspension parts over time. 

If you need suspension repair in Charlotte, NC, bring your vehicle into the professionals here at Pete's Auto Service. Give us a call or stop by our shop today! 

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