Shocks and Struts

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With all the new technology available in today’s vehicles, one might be tempted to think that shocks and struts have been updated as well.  While modern shocks do work better than their counterparts from 1970, the basic design is relatively unchanged — as the rod goes up and down in its sleeve it forces either gas or oil to go through tiny passages that slow the movement of the shock absorber and make the car ride more smoothly.  What has changed is the way that modern shocks and struts fail.  When the primary dampening fluid was oil it was common for a seal to fail and all the oil to run out.  You, dear customer, would get the word that the “shocks are blown” and that you would need to replace them.  Modern shocks and struts rarely fail catastrophically, instead gradually losing their effectiveness over time.   Rarely do we find shocks that “must” be replaced, but when a customer complains that the car doesn’t handle as well as it used to or ride as smoothly as when it was new we will recommend shocks or struts to get that “new car ride” back.  With modern materials and close tolerance manufacturing, it’s common to see shocks and struts last well over 100,000 miles.  When we do replace them, however, we like to replace all four as this preserves the vehicle’s handling balance and gives a smoother, safer ride.  Call Cheers today and let’s take a look at those shock absorbers today!