Suspension systems should continue to operate effectively for many years and tens of thousands of kilometers for drivers, holding your tires’ foot print on the road. Eventually components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive.
As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact, like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock on a back country road.
Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your car maker recommends periodic shock inspections. During an inspection, your service advisor will check for worn, broken or missing suspension parts.
If the inspection reveals any problems, take care of this important safety and handling work. When you replace your shocks, it’s usually a good idea to replace all four at the same time. That’ll give you even handling at all four corners of the vehicle.
If you have special road handling needs like improved cornering or towing or hauling requirements, your service advisor can recommend upgraded shocks or struts to get you what you want.
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