What is the significance of shock absorbers? And more importantly, can you drive with bad shocks? Even if all other elements of a car are working well, there’s still a risk connected with running a car that has worn out or damaged shock absorbers. Driving capability, security and performance will all be jeopardized.
Here are some threats posed when driving with bad shocks:
– Brakes are less effective, and you’ll need to use them at longer ranges.
– Your ESP (Electronic Stability Control) and ABS (Anti-lock Braking Systems) are less effective
– You’re more likely to skid on wet roads
– You will have less control when facing crosswinds or corners
– Your tires and suspension system are used up much more quickly
– Uncomfortable rides for both you and guests
The Importance of Checking Your Shocks
With time, shock absorbers will get broken, and as a result, drivers will change their driving style. To determine whether your shock absorbers are broken, take note of how the vehicle handles. You will discover more body roll while cornering, bouncing or bottoming-out when coming across speed bumps or other uneven road conditions.
Attempt to do a bounce test by applying down pressure on your car’s hood or trunk. If it continues to bounce after letting go, the shocks are most likely broken. An expert mechanic should be consulted to inspect your automobile’s shock absorbers routinely. This provides you time to replace the shocks and examine your air suspension kits for other wear. This guarantees your safety and ride quality, and it is advised to replace your shocks on all corners so there is no unequal wear.
This post was written by Justin K, owner of Wheel Identity. Wheel Identity is Tampa Bay’s premier custom shop. We carry lowering kits in Tampa for every vehicle, custom suspension kits, and all accessories for the interior or exterior of your vehicle. We only hire highly trained technicians using state of the art equipment with experience in all areas of tire, wheel, suspension, and 4×4 needs.