How to get the most out of your Shock Absorber Struts

Posted on Sep 2, 2020

How to get the most out of your 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 controls 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 the system of parts that connect the wheels to the rest of the vehicle. The strut of the car is an important part of the suspension system.

They are structural and mounted on top of the frame of the vehicle. The strut passes down from the chassis and provides a location for installing a coil spring to maintain the height of the car. Both front shock absorber and struts and rear struts are very important. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at struts, their function as well as some maintenance tips.


Functions of a Shock Absorber Strut

The three main functions of any vehicle suspension 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. It turns out that unlike most other components of the suspension, the strut usually participates in these three functions.


Are struts installed in all vehicles?

Not all cars and heavy duty trucks have struts. Many suspension designs use separate springs and shock absorbers, and the shock absorbers do not support the weight. Also, some cars use struts on only one pair of wheels, while the other pair uses separate springs and shock absorbers with different suspension designs. They are also considered part of the steering system when the front wheels of the car have struts because the front wheels rotate around them. Why do some vehicles use struts while others have separate springs and shock absorbers? The specific details are complicated, but to a large extent, it comes down to the trade-off between simplicity, initial cost, and processing methods. But there are exceptions to these models. For example, most sports cars use the so-called double wishbone suspension, which uses 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. In some climates, shock absorbers and struts can also rust. When car owners suffer losses in ride quality or handling ability of the steering wheel, their first thought maybe that they need to install new struts on the car. Unless your vehicle bounces excessively or tilts excessively during turns as described above, any driving, handling, or steering problems may originate from other suspension components. Therefore, a qualified mechanical inspection under your car is necessary. A thorough inspection will determine whether the strut is the cause of you no longer driving smoothly or having problems with operation or steering. The strut may be leaking, or the rubber bushing that protects the joint like cartilage may have worn out, allowing metal-to-metal contact. The strut assembly may also be damaged due to rust or aging. On the other hand, a 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 inclination on the road.

• Slow Steering Response

The steering wheel will start to become unresponsive. When driving, the vehicle will need more steering correction, and changing lanes at high speeds will become very dangerous.

• Longer Stopping Distance

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


Is there a difference between the shock absorber and strut?

Despite their similar appearance, the struts and shock absorbers are very different. The strut is the structural component of the suspension system and is directly installed 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, when a strut is damaged, it is recommended to replace the parts in pairs to avoid wear. Therefore, if one front strut is defective, two front struts must be replaced to get 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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