Shock Absorbers


Shock absorbers do more than just smooth out the bumps in the road. Properly functioning car shock absorbers also play a critically important role in your vehicle’s handling and stopping distance. A shock absorber is a wear item and needs to be replaced – typically around 50,000 miles. Read More

When it’s time for a shock absorber replacement, shop Advance Auto Parts for a wide selection of choices to help you select the best shock absorbers for your vehicle. Shock absorbers’ primary function is to help keep a vehicle’s tires in contact with the road. They can’t do that as effectively when they’re worn, resulting in poor handling – particularly in turns – and increased stopping distances due to reduced braking efficiency. Worn car shock absorbers also increase wear on other suspension parts and can result in uneven and increased tire wear.

While it may be somewhat difficult to know exactly when it’s time for a shock absorber replacement, there are several telltale signs that a shock absorber is nearing or has already passed the end of its service life. First, visually examine all shock absorbers. If fluid is leaking from them, it’s time to start thinking about replacing them with the best shock absorbers for what you’re driving. Another test involves pressing down with all your weight on one corner of the vehicle, trying to make it bounce. If the vehicle continues moving up and down after you press down and let go, your shock absorbers may be worn out.

Aside from the vehicle safety aspects, it’s important to remember another primary reason to replace shock absorbers on a regular basis – you and your passengers are going to enjoy a much more comfortable ride.