Car struts, aka car shocks, wear down slowly so it can be difficult to be certain when they are wearing out. There is no set time listed in your owner's manual for replacing car struts. However, there are certain signs you can look for to determine if your car struts are going bad.
Some Common Signs of Struts Going Bad:
- Cupping on your tires caused by uneven wear so that areas of the tread will appear hollowed out.
- Problems with the vehicle's suspension bushings, which might include peeling, cracking and becoming off-center.
- Oil is leaking onto other parts of the car.
- Stopping distances will lengthen or you may nose-dive when stepping on the brakes.
- A vehicle will sway in crosswinds.
- Bumps and dips will cause the car to bounce.
How Important are Car Struts?
Shocks and struts are responsible for much more than a smoother ride. They provide safety and control of the vehicle. If you neglect problems when they first appear, they can cause other parts to become overworked. This leads to premature wear of other suspension components resulting in expensive repair bills. Once you know the signs of struts going bad, you can take your car to an authorized mechanic as soon as you notice problems.
Do you know the signs of struts going bad? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about maintenance of car struts and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Lexington, SC, and the surrounding area.