Your shocks and struts can wear over time. The rate of wear will depend on the driving conditions where you live, but generally shocks last about 50,000 to 80,000 miles. Shocks are important to the overall safety of your vehicle. They help keep the tires in contact with the road, giving you the traction to accelerate, stop, and steer as necessary. They also keep your ride smooth and in control.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to check if your shocks need to be replaced. There are some telltale signs that your shocks may be wearing out, some visual signs to look for, and a simple test you can do yourself to decide if you need to replace your shocks.
Signs Your Shocks Are Going Bad
- Your ride will start to feel rougher or more bouncy than before.
- You may hear a rattling or creaking sound when you drive over bumps.
- Brake dive, acceleration squat, and the body roll.
- Loss of traction and increased stopping distances
- Uneven tire wear including cupped indentations or bald spots