What a shock, my car’s shock absorbers are worn!
One critical thing about a passenger vehicle (or any other vehicle) that we can all agree on is that the tyres must stay on the road while driving. Shock absorbers are designed to do precisely that – it helps the driver to maintain control of the vehicle by keeping the tyres on the ground.
Unfortunately, these very hardworking parts in our cars are often overlooked, or, because they are worn gradually over time, we don’t realise that it’s time to service or replace them. If you haven’t thought about your car’s shock absorbers in the last two years, now is probably a good time to make sure they still work effectively.
Here are a few tips that Autoway Car Service Centre Ruimsig finds useful to evaluate whether it might be time to have your car’s shock absorbers checked by a mechanic.
- If you let go of your car’s steering when for a second or two and it veers to one side involuntarily, something’s not exactly right.
- When you check your tyre tread and find that it has uneven wear, the chances are good that the shock absorbers are worn.
- Your car no longer brakes the way it used to. Worn shocks can cause delayed stopping by up to a 20% increase in braking distance.
- You might notice an excessive bouncing while driving – an unsteadiness that you can’t control.
- When you notice any fluid leaks where your car was parked for a while, it is time to have it checked out by a professional car service agent.
- Listen out for any unusual knocking noises from the rear or front wheels, especially when driving over a bump or through a dip.
If one or more of the above made your head bob and you’ve experienced some of the things we are talking about, visit your vehicle service centre without delay. Your safety is worth far more than the little effort for us to replace your worn shocks.