5 Things To Know About Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers control the up and down motion of your vehicle’s wheels. Did you know absorbers also affect your vehicle’s braking and handling? They are responsible for more than just ensuring a smooth ride free of harsh bumps.

Do you think your vehicle might need shock absorber replacement? Do you have unanswered questions about the lifespan of car shock absorbers and how they work?

This guide will explain 5 things you need to know about absorbers and why they’re a crucial component of vehicle suspension systems. Read on to learn about these devices that keep your tires firmly on the road.

1. Types of Shock Absorbers

Different types of vehicles require different types of absorbers for their suspension systems.

Conventional telescopic absorbers are the simplest type. They are inexpensive and often fully replaced instead of repaired. Suspension designs use both a front and rear shock absorber with this telescopic type.

Strut shock absorbers are ruggedly built and replace part of the suspension system. They’re repairable and meant to handle greater loads and forces. You can find more information here about heavy-duty suspension systems.

Spring seat absorbers combine qualities of both telescopic and strut absorbers. They come in a single unit like struts, but they’re not designed to endure heavy loads. Spring seat absorbers require a full replacement.

2. Signs of Bad Absorbers

There are several signs to look for when it’s time to replace shock absorbers. Your absorbers might be worn out if it takes longer to stop. Another sign is your vehicle dipping and swerving when you brake.

Replacement might be necessary if you experience vibrations while driving. Listen for rattling sounds in your vehicle, look for uneven wear on tires, and pay attention to how your vehicle handles in windy conditions. 

3. Cost of Absorber Replacements

It costs between $250 to $580 on average to fully replace a pair of absorbers. Each shock absorber typically costs $50 to $140 and takes a few hours to install. The labor for the install costs around $150 to $300.

4. Avoid Damages

Damages to shock absorbers are commonly caused by hitting potholes, curbs, or other minor accidents. Monitor your vehicle’s handling closely after those incidences occur.

Shock absorbers are filled with oil, and they’re capable of leaking. Make sure to have your absorbers checked regularly to catch leaks early.

5. Shock Absorber Lifespan

The lifespan of your absorbers largely depends on your driving style and vehicle use. Some absorbers will last up to 10 years if you don’t drive often, and it’s always on well-maintained roads.

Expect to replace absorbers every 5 years if you use your vehicle for hauling heavy loads or frequently drive offroad. 7 to 8 years of use is realistic if you’re somewhere in between light and heavy vehicle use.

Ready To Replace Your Absorbers?

Now you know what shock absorbers are and what their job is. You also know how to determine if it’s time to replace them. Watch for signs of wear and avoid that next pothole to keep your absorbers running strong!

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