Losing Control: When Car Shocks Go Bad

Car Suspension

Car SuspensionLosing control of your car is the scariest thing that could happen while you’re out driving on the road. More often than not, people blame it on the traction of the wheels. In truth, it has a lot to do with your vehicle’s shock absorbers.

TaysomeTire.com notes that most people think that the only purpose of shock absorbers is to ensure a smooth and less bumpy ride. This isn’t wrong, but this isn’t the only thing it does.

Losing Control

One of the main purposes of car shocks is to keep your vehicle’s wheels on the road itself. One of the dangers of faulty or worn out shocks is that when you have to hit the brakes, the wheels may bounce and actually leave the ground. This is extremely dangerous as you lose crucial stopping power, and that can mean the difference between a bad ride and an accident.

Turning is equally dangerous when your car’s shocks are bad. While the wheel’s purpose may be to grip the ground, the shocks are what gives it power and force and actually plants it on the ground. Just like when you hit your brakes, your wheels may also leave the ground as you turn. The possibility of a rollover accident happening isn’t too far-fetched when your shocks are bad.

Wear and Tear

Your car’s shocks ensure optimum ride quality, but this doesn’t just solely focus on how smooth your car’s ride is. Just like its name suggests, they absorb shock. If it isn’t functioning well, that energy is going to go somewhere else.

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When this happens, your car’s suspension system may actually experience an increase in wear and tear. Since the ‘shock’ or energy is being distributed throughout the car, it damages parts that can’t actually absorb or bear the brunt of the force, such as wheel hubs, tie rods, and ball joints.

Depending on the power of the shock itself, it can even spread throughout the other parts of your car. This is extremely dangerous because if any of your vehicle’s parts are damaged, the shock may be the only thing it needs to actually fall apart.

Usually, you can only tell if your car’s shocks are a mess when you’re actually driving, or when you hear a metal-grinding sound when you hit a rock fall in a pothole. Have a mechanic check your car at least once a month to make sure everything is in good working condition.