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Know When To Replace Your Car’s Shock Absorbers

You spend hours cleaning the coffee stains off your white shirt; none of your friends or family members wants to sit in your bouncy car. Even your dog has started to become carsick. Your car’s odometer has clocked thousands of kilometres, and the tires have started to wear out because the camber is out, a sure sign it’s time for new shocks.

Shock Absorber
Shock Absorber

Shock absorbers can also become faulty when you drive briskly on bad roads and accelerate the wearing-out process. Or maybe the shock mountings have loosened. 

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Shock absorbers – often known as ‘shocks’ – are hydraulic dampers that absorb the energy created by bumps in the road while driving, safely controlling the movement of the wheels and preventing the car from bouncing as it travels over uneven surfaces. Shock absorbers are one of the crucial components of a car’s suspension. It helps shield you and your passengers from the discomfort of bumps and potholes in the road while ensuring that the vehicle handles safely.

Also Read: 10 Cars in India with the Best Suspension Setup for Typical Indian Roads

What is The Life Span Of A Shock Absorber

A good quality shock absorber can last for around five years. But the life expectancy of a shock absorber also depends upon various factors like your driving style and how many miles you have munched. The sorts of roads you use, are they urban or rural. 

How To Tell If Shock Absorber Need Replacement?

  • The ride turns into a bumpy one, cars will bounce off on the slightly uneven road, and passengers will feel like being on a merry-go-round that keeps going up and down.
  • There will be a perceivable drop in the cushioning of the car. You will feel the vibrations of driving on uneven roads.
  • You will hear audible thud-thud sounds while going through potholes or poorly designed road bumps.
  • You will also hear a klonk-like sound on usual humps.


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