Introduction to Shock Absorber Struts

Posted on Sep 2, 2020

Shock Absorber Struts

When people talk about vehicle suspension, they usually mean vibration and support. Hearing this, you may want to know what a strut is, whether it is the same as shock absorbers and whether you need to worry about a car or truck strut, and how it affects your control of the steering wheel. The first thing about the shock absorber strut is that it is an integral part of the vehicle, and it suspends parts that connect the wheels to the rest of the vehicle. It is an important part of the suspension system.

Shock absorber structs are structures mounted on top of the chassis of a vehicle. The strut provides a location that passes down from the chassis for installing a coil spring to maintain the height of the car. The front shock absorber and struts as well as rear struts are very essential. In this article, we will specifically look at struts, their function as well as some maintenance tips.


Functions of a Shock Absorber Strut

The three main functions of any suspension system are to support the vehicle, absorb the effects of bumps, potholes, and other road irregularities, and allow the vehicle to steer according to driver input. The steering system can be considered part of the suspension or its system, but either way, the suspension must allow the wheels to move when the vehicle turns. Apparently, unlike most other parts of the suspension, the strut usually manifests itself in these three functions.


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Are shock absorber struts installed in all vehicles?

Not all vehicles and heavy-duty trucks have struts. Many suspension configurations consist of separate springs and shock absorbers, and the shock absorber does not support the weight. Also, some vehicles use struts on only one pair of wheels rather than a single one, while the other pair uses separate springs and shock absorbers with different suspension configurations. They are also considered part of the steering system when the front wheels of the car have struts due to the fact that the front wheels revolve around them. So why do some cars use struts while others have separate springs and shock absorbers? The truth is often complicated, but to a large extent, it comes down to finding the right balance between simplicity, initial cost, and processing methods. However, there are exceptions to these models. For instance, most sports cars use the so-called double wishbone suspension, which entails the use of shock absorbers instead of struts.


When to replace your shock absorber struts?

Unless your vehicle is bouncing like on a pogo stick, bottoming out in potholes and railroad tracks, there is no need to replace the struts; or unless the mechanic finds it leaks or is damaged. Under certain climatic conditions, shock absorbers and struts can rust. When car owners lose the ride quality or handling ability of the steering wheel, the thought of having to install new struts on the car often comes to mind immediately. Unless the vehicle bounces or tilts excessively during turns as described previously, any driving, handling, or steering problems may stem from other suspension components.

In light of this, a qualified mechanical inspection for your car component is necessary. A thorough inspection will dictate whether the strut is the root of your steering problems. The strut may be leaking, or the rubber bushing that protects the joint like cartilage may have worn out already, resulting in metal-to-metal contact. The strut assembly may also be damaged as well because of rust or aging. On the other hand, an insufficient suspension problem may lie elsewhere. Bushings, shock absorbers, and other parts in the suspension, such as tie rods, control arms, and swing link links, may also wear and cause loose steering, noise during bumps, and tilt the body more. Inappropriate wheel alignment and uneven tire wear can also cause some of these problems.


How Can You Tell That Your Shock Absorber Struts are Worn Out?

• Reduced Stability and Control

When subjected to impact or support, the vehicle will lose stability and will be difficult to control. When you turn, even if you make a slight turn, you will feel the vehicle tilting to the left and right. Similarly, they will feel harsh when you drive past the smallest bumps or inclinations on the road.

• Slow Steering Response

The steering wheel will start to become unresponsive. When driving, the car might need more steering correction, and changing lanes at high speeds can become very hazardous.

• Longer Stopping Distance

When braking, poor shock absorbers may cause the front end to sag, which can lead to the increased stopping distance due to vibration or excessive movement of the strut. Excessive driving and causing severe shocks will also put more pressure on the brakes and lead to further damage.


Is there a difference between the shock absorber and strut?

Although both look similar, the struts and shock absorbers are very different. The strut is a structural component of the suspension system that is directly mounted on the chassis of the car. The coil spring is installed on the strut, which is the part that maintains the driving height of the vehicle. Generally speaking, when a strut is damaged, it is advised to replace the parts in pairs to avoid wear. Therefore, if one front strut is faulty, two front struts must be replaced to attain the best results. As part of the vehicle suspension system, shock absorbers have one job: to prevent the car from bouncing. The vibration will handle you better than props. In some vehicles, the car may have front struts and rear shock absorbers. Before purchasing replacement parts, make sure you know which ones are in your car. As with the struts, it is recommended that you also replace the shocks in pairs.


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