Do Your Shock Absorbers Do Their Work?

Shock absorbers are designed to assist the driver in maintaining control of the car by keeping the tyres on the ground. Bad or worn out shocks will make your ride uncomfortable and to some extent unsafe, hence, it is recommended that you regularly service your car and ensure it is properly maintained.


Signs of worn-out shock absorbers can include:

  • Your car veering to one side;

  • Uneven tyre wear;

  • Delayed stopping when braking

  • Excessive bouncing while driving;

  • Leaking fluid.

Worn or Leaking Shocks

Worn or leaking shocks can lead to unsteadiness on the road, like veering to the side or sliding in high winds. You might also hear unusual noises like metal-to-metal and a knocking sound coming from the rear or front wheels.

Uneven Tyre Wear

If the tread on your tyre is uneven it’s an indication that your tyres are not firmly on the road, a sure sign of worn shock absorbers. If you leave this unattended, you have a greater chance of hydroplaning in wet weather and could also more easily get a flat tyre. A slight vibration from the steering wheel and too much bouncing as you drive over a speed bump are both possible sign of worn-out shocks.

Brake Fluid Leaks

The broken seals on the shocks could also result in brake fluid leaks.

Delayed Stopping

If your shock absorbers need to be replaced, you will find that your car takes longer to come to a stop when braking. The braking distance could be increased by up to 20% which could mean the difference between a safe stop and an accident.

Keep everything in good working order

Keeping your shock absorbers and all other mechanical parts of your car in good working order is essential for road safety and the longevity of your car. As a car owner, it’s important to keep up to date with regular car maintenance. Preventative maintenance saves you money in the long run because it helps identify any issues before other parts of the car are impacted. If one system on your car starts to fail, it usually impacts other systems too.

Contact Menlyn Gearbox & Diff Centre to help you out with your shock Absorbers:



phone: 083 292 5453

* Maintenance News South Africa - BizCommunity (07-01-2020)

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