Shock absorbers are an integral component of your car's suspension. They help with controlling the up-and-down movements of your car's springs. Without the shock absorbers, your vehicle would continue hopping up and down until the spring's kinetic energy is completely dissipated. However, these devices do not last the lifetime of a car, and they need to be replaced from time to time. But how long can you expect them to last, and when should you replace them?
How Many Years Can Shock Absorbers Serve You?
The lifespan of shock absorbers depends on a wide variety of factors, including how far a car has been driven, the kinds of roads it is often driven on, and the behavior of the driver, among others. For instance, the shock absorbers of a car that is driven on paved roads may outlast those of a car that is driven on rough roads. Similarly, shock absorbers of a car that is driven by a reckless driver may not serve as long as those of a car driven by a mindful driver. Unfortunately, most of these variables that affect the durability of shock absorbers are quite subjective, and therefore, it is nearly impossible to know how long the shock absorbers of a particular car can last.
When to Replace Shock Absorbers
From the foregoing, you cannot know for sure how long your new shock absorbers are going to last. However, it is not hard to tell when it is time to replace them. Some of the signs that indicated that you need to replace your shock absorbers include:
- Poor steering response
- Visually damaged struts
- Unusual tire wear patterns
- 50000 miles covered since the last shock absorbers' replacement
- Bumpy rides
However, some of these issues do not necessarily imply that your shock absorbers are worn out or damaged, and therefore, you may have to consult a mechanic before you can decide to invest in new shock absorbers.
If you need a shock absorber replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today. We have highly experienced mechanics who are always willing to take their time to study your car and advice you accordingly.