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Shock Replacement

Shock Replacement

About Shock Replacement

The smooth feel you experience when driving is largely due to your vehicle's shocks or struts. The terms "shock" and "strut" are often used interchangeably. A shock and a strut do the same basic job on a vehicle, damping the movement of your vehicle up and down and stopping "bounce". Although shocks and struts are similar in function, they are very different. A vehicle will have either a shock or strut at each wheel, never both, and you can not replace one with the other.

When you need expert advice, you can count on the team at Integra Tire to get your vehicle up and running in tip-top shape.

Troubling Signs

Common causes of failing shocks are:

  • A bouncy ride - The springs in your vehicle are meant to dampen the transfer of energy when your vehicle hits bumps and holes. The shocks help control the springs so the wheels don't move up and down too fast. If your shocks are not doing their job, your ride will be much bouncier.
  • Unusual noise - As your shock loses its ability to absorb shock, it causes your springs to bottom out. It may also cause excessive wear on your springs and cause a squeaking noise.

The Bounce Test
Go to one corner of the car and push down. When you let go, the car should bounce up, then settle back to at-rest height. If the car bounces more than twice, you most likely need new shocks.

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