Shock absorbers limit the amount of suspension movement by dampening spring oscillations.

Struts reinforce the active components of the suspension to the same end.

Shocks and Struts keep you from hitting your head on the ceiling of the vehicle every time you hit a bump and from vibrating while traveling on rough roads.

How can you tell when you need to replace shocks and struts on your vehicle?

Here are several signs that your vehicle may need shock and strut replacements.

Noticing these signs as soon as they happen can prevent damage to your vehicle. Here are some of the signs you should be looking for.

A Bumpy Ride

The main goal of shocks and struts is to prevent the amount of suspension movement. The most common sign that you need to have them inspected is if you have a bumpy ride.

Your car is designed to comfortably withstand a certain amount of movement, so if you experience bumpiness or shakiness while driving, your shocks and struts are most likely worn out.

Poor Steering

One of the first signs you may notice is poor steering response. Your steering wheel will often become stiff and hard to turn. There also may be unusual noises when turning the wheel.

In addition, you may find that your car sways or leans on turns or when changing from one lane to the other.

Braking Issues

When your struts are worn or damaged, you may notice a “nose-diving” sensation as well as instability while braking.

If you feel a lurch forward while braking, you’ll need to have your struts and shocks inspected.

Visually Damaged Struts

Strut damage is often better felt than seen, you might notice dented or damaged struts or shocks.

In addition to this physical damage, fluid leaks among struts and shocks are a sign they are worn out. Your mounts and bushings can also become corroded, damaged, or worn as time goes on.

Unusual Tire Wearing

If your tires show unusual wear patterns it may be caused by your worn out shocks and struts.

Suspension damage can cause cupping in tires, which is when cups or scalloped dips develop around the edge of your tread.

Cupped tires can be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important to look into having your tires rotated or replaced at the same time you replace your shocks.

Mileage and Time

Depending on vehicle and driving conditions, many cars require shock and strut replacements sometime after the 80,000 km marker. Instead of waiting for noticeable problems, you might consider having your suspension checked once you reach the 80,000 km.

Maintaining shocks and struts can prevent long-term damage to your car. Because everything in the car is connected, a problem with the suspension can lead to other problems.

Suspension problems can also be particularly rough on tires, which can become dangerous and expensive to replace.

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    Mountasar Al-Lawandi

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    Erik Kelownaguy

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    Carla Polischuk

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    I've never been more motivated to write a review than this!  My wife came off the Coquihalla from Vancouver with some car problems and couldn't find a place open on Saturday that could help her.    She found Paragon Motors who showed her kindness, respect and understanding.  They fixed the... read more -

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    Carla Polischuk

    Rick and his crew at Paragon motors are awesome!! They are knowledgeable and friendly...the service is great!!!
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    Hands down one of the best autoshops in town. Quality service and they never try and upsell you something you don't need. You'll get informed on when to do your next repair and the urgency of it. My new auto shop hands down I'll be going back for anything else... read more -

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    Paragon Motors was a delight. Not only did they give us the best price, but they actually fixed what was wrong. We had taken our car to another place first and they misdiagnosed the problem. Rick took it around the block and knew exactly what to do to get it... read more -

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    Rick is a mechanical genius. They care about their reputation about customer service and doing a quality job. Just awesome.
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    Debra Clark

    The Paragon Motors team went above and beyond in so many ways to figure out why our F150 was stalling, and to fix the problem quickly so we could safely get back home to Washington state.

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    Pauline Eggebrecht

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    Michael Baccari

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    Carol Boutilier

    Excellent service, complete confidence my vehicle is safe and well maintained. No overcharges, talk up in packages and value for your money, no gouging. I highly recommend this fabulous team they really care for people and their reputation is paramount to everyone at Paragon. Paragon's top rating... read more -