What Is the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?
- Shock absorbers are individual components of the suspension system. They are separate from the spring assembly and are mainly used for dampening road vibrations and conditions.
- Struts are a major structural component of the vehicle chassis and suspension with the coil spring being mounted to the strut assembly. Struts directly control ride height and dampening of road conditions for the vehicle.
What do Shocks and Struts do?
- Steering: Shocks and struts help evenly distribute your car's weight over all four tires, improving handling during turns.
- Stopping: Shocks and struts and brakes work together to help your vehicle stop sooner under certain driving conditions, by keeping tires and wheels in contact with the road.
- Stability: Shocks and struts and tires work together to help maximize tire-to-road contact, improving vehicle stability and minimizing weight transfer.
- Test drive your vehicle and see if small or large road indents (potholes) seem unusually harsh.
- Does the vehicle continue to bounce after going over a bump?
- When swerving, does the vehicle roll or squat rapidly?
- As you are driving over a rough road, does the vehicle dart to the left or right?
- Does the suspension bottom out abruptly?
- Do you have any excessive noises from the suspension?
- Are there any signs of physical damage to the shock or strut? Bent, loose or dented?
- Is fluid leaking out of your shock or strut?
- Are the mounting bushings cracked, damaged or missing altogether?
- Do the tires on the vehicle display abnormal wear like cupping or shoulder wear?
Everything Gets Old- Even Your Shocks & Struts
After surpassing the first 50,000 miles on your vehicle, be sure to perform a ride evaluation and visual inspection. Then, continue with a yearly inspection, or every 15,000 miles.
Stay Safe on the Road
As brakes help you stop, shocks and struts help you stop sooner. Just one 50% degraded shock absorber on your vehicle can increase stopping distances by up to 10 feet under certain driving conditions.*
A fresh set of shocks can enhance more than just your ride. It will help improve braking and handling under certain driving conditions and help make your vehicle safer and easier to control. This helps make the road safer for everyone.
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The Monroe OE Spectrum shock absorbers feature the latest global, original equipment valving technologies for domestic and foreign applications. OE Spectrum shocks provide a superior level of handling precision and control while filtering out ride harshness. This is made possible through Twin Technology Active Control System, an exclusive internal damping control technology.
The Monroe Reflex Shocks & Struts help reduce vehicle roll and dive and is ideal for larger light trucks, SUVs and other vehicles with a high center of gravity. Monroe Reflex Shocks & Struts provide enhanced stability by reducing body roll rate in evasive maneuvers or tight turns.
The Monroe Gas-Magnum truck shock absorber is designed for mid to full size, hard working pick-up trucks and vans. These shocks provide firm control without a harsh ride. With up to twice the fluid capacity of standard 1" bore shocks, Monroe Gas Magnum shocks work more efficiently with less effort.
The Max-Air shock absorber is ideal for vehicles that haul heavy loads or tow trailers. Designed to maintain level vehicle height, they can be inflated or deflated as needed. A pair can maintain ride height when up to 1,100 lbs. of additional weight and can be adapted for most vehicles equipped with automatic leveling.
Monroe Gas-Matic Shocks and Struts are gas charged which provide improved control at an economical price. These units are available for import and domestic vehicles and meet OE product specifications.
Monroe Quick-Strut units include all the components required for strut replacement in a single, fully-assembled premium unit. This breakthrough design saves on installation time by eliminating having to disassemble components and compress the coil spring prior to installation.
Econo-Matic strut assemblies include all the components required for strut replacement in a single, fully assembled economical unit. This design reduces installation time, eliminates the need for a spring compressor and helps ensure a complete repair.
Monroe load adjusting shock absorbers adjust rapidly to changing road and weight conditions, delivering enhanced control with uncompromised ride comfort. A pair of Monroe load adjusting shock absorbers can assist in maintaining ride height when up to 1,100 lbs of additional weight. These units are ideal for light trucks that carry varying loads or tow trailers.
Monroe Strut-Mate mounting kits are direct fit replacements designed to complement the ride control characteristics of Monroe struts. Not only are strut mounts a necessary component of the suspension system, they consist of rubber to metal bonded parts that wear out over time as well.
Heavy-duty construction and unique design features make the Monroe Strut-Mate boot kit the quality choice for maximum rod protection and improved strut life.