Shocks and Struts: Dangers of Worn/Leaking Suspensions

Published On: December 30th, 2021Categories: 4 Japanese Auto Service, Suspension, Shocks & StrutsBy

Shocks and Struts, Leaking Shocks, Suspension Maintenance, Worn SuspensionsDo you know how much your car weighs? I was shocked when I looked it up. For example, a late model Toyota Corolla weighs about 2870 pounds. Alternatively, a Toyota Highlander weighs over 4500 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to be careening around town, especially if you have neglected routine maintenance on your suspension system. Driving with worn suspensions or leaking shocks and struts can be highly dangerous. Suspension maintenance is a safety precaution we should all take seriously.

 

Suspension Components

The suspension system in your vehicle is complex. Each and every component needs to operate correctly to provide a comfortable and safe driving experience. A worn or damaged part can negatively affect your car’s steering, braking, and overall handling.

Springs, Shocks and Struts

There are three design types of shock absorbers; mono-tube high-pressure gas, twin-tube low-pressure gas, and twin-tube hydraulic (non-gas). Their specific life and durability can vary. Auto experts recommend inspecting the suspension components in your vehicle at least once a year. Expect to replace your shock absorbers every 40,000 – 80,000 miles. Individual vehicle and motorist’s needs will vary. Consult your owner’s manual or your automotive technician for more information regarding your specific requirements.

Fix Leaking Suspensions

Leaking shock absorbers should be replaced immediately. It is wise to replace your shock absorbers in pairs (both of the front or both the rear) simultaneously. Faulty shocks decrease the overall performance of your suspension system. Driving with a compromised suspension system can be dangerous. Loss of steering, traction, and braking can result from a faulty suspension, especially in emergency driving situations.

Warnings Signs of Worn Suspensions

Luckily, there are several signs that you have worn suspension components. Schedule a service if you notice one or more of the following:

  • The vehicle feels unstable or tips to one side while turning
  • The front or rear end dips quickly while accelerating or braking
  • Leaking fluid near the shocks & struts
  • Tires bounce excessively while driving
  • Clunking sound when going over bumps
  • Uneven or wavy tire tread (i.e., cupping)

Dangers of Worn Suspensions

If you have put off doing routine maintenance on your suspension, make sure to get your vehicle in for service asap. It is unwise to drive your car if you have worn or broken suspension components. Here are a few of the dangers to consider:

  • Loss of control while driving over bumps
  • Less effective Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Ineffective steering due to reduction in traction
  • Increased wear and/or damage to other suspension components
  • Excessive tire tread wear requiring tire replacement

Benefits Of Suspension Maintenance

As you can see, the dangers of ignoring routine maintenance to your vehicle’s suspension system are vast. Both financially and for various safety reasons. Adhering to a regular maintenance schedule provides many benefits, including:

  • Annual inspections can detect damages before the component fails
  • Reduces excess tire wear and damages requiring frequent tire replacement
  • Lessens the chance of a catastrophic car collision due to a faulty component
  • Less expensive to perform routine maintenance than premature replacements
  • Provides peace of mind for the driver

Suspension, Shocks and Struts Service: Pomona, CA

Taylor Co Automotive Service provides quick and accurate diagnostic services for all Japanese Import vehicles. Our ASE-certified technicians can identify, repair, and replace shocks and struts, in addition to any other parts your vehicle may need. 

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