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The shocks and struts on your car are essential to keeping your car on the road, and to keeping you and your family safe in the car. You’ve probably heard about shocks and struts before, but do you know exactly what they do? Let’s learn a little more about your shocks and struts today.

What do my car’s shocks and struts do?

Shocks and struts are needed to maintain your vehicle’s balance and stability while driving. In other words, they are what are responsible for keeping your car riding smooth on the road. They help you keep control of your vehicle so it’s not bouncing off the ground because of things like bad weather, rough terrain, or even potholes.

The spring in your car’s suspension works to absorb the impact your car gets from hitting a bump in the road. Your struts provide support for your suspension springs, and your shocks work to dampen the movement so that your car doesn’t continue to bounce and your ride remains smooth.

How do I know if I need to replace my vehicle’s shocks or struts? 

If you find your vehicle isn’t running as smoothly as it used to, or if you’re having difficulty controlling your vehicle while on the road, you might be experiencing problems with your shocks or struts. Shocks and struts can be tricky, so it’s important to stay on top of paying attention to the cues your vehicle is giving you for service that is needed. It’s very important to have this system regularly checked out to ensure it’s in proper working order.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should bring your vehicle to Integrity Automotive right away:

  • Your car “bottoms out” after going over a bump in the road.
  • The front end of your car dips forward when breaking.
  • You notice fluid leaking from the shock or strut.
  • Your car sways on a winding road or when turning
  • You feel you have less control over the vehicle while driving.

How often should I check my car or truck’s shocks and struts?

Your shocks and struts typically last from 80,000 to 100,000 miles if they aren’t hit or damaged, but it’s still important to have them checked by a technician you trust along the way. Integrity Automotive can check them for you, so next time you come in for an oil change, simply ask us to take a quick look at your shocks and struts as well.

What problems could occur if I drive on bad shocks and struts?

Your shocks and struts are an intricate part of your vehicle, and interact with your car’s suspension, steering, and alignment systems. Bad shocks and struts can lead to major tire wear, and excessive suspension wear, which could lead to expensive repairs in the future. They also directly affect how you are able to handle and control your vehicle on the road, a vital element in keeping you and your family safe.

How much does it cost to have my shocks and struts replaced?

The price of getting your car’s shocks or struts replaced varies by the year, make and model of your car. If you would like an estimate on how much it would cost, please give us a call at 317-573-0107. Please be advised, however, this would just be an estimate and not the actual price. If you want an exact quote, the best thing to do would be to get your car in for one of our technicians to examine so we can determine what exactly you will need. Then, our service writer can recommend the best repairs that best fit you and your budget. At Integrity Automotive, we are here to serve you in the greatest capacity; you are our priority!