The comfort of your ride relies on the proper function of all of the components that make up your car’s suspension system. The most crucial components to your smooth ride are the shock absorbers and Macpherson struts (a.k.a. shocks and struts) which serve to both absorb imperfections in the road and control the amount of “bounce” in the ride. Let’s take a deeper look at these suspension components.
Similarities Between a Shock Absorber and a Macpherson Strut
Both of these components utilize a piston working against hydraulic pressure to dampen road bumps, however, the primary difference is in structure and function. The strut will appear larger in size and it is typically developed as a part of the car’s suspension, and even plays a role in the car’s alignment. It is for this reason that when you are replacing the struts, the car will need to have an alignment.
Signs of Shock Absorber and Macpherson Strut Wear
If you see any signs of fluid leaking from either a shock or strut, that is an indication that it should be replaced. Other signs of wear include:
- Feeling like your rides are becoming more “bumpy” or “bouncy”
- Hearing noise when you go over bumps, or when you turn (although a variety of things could cause this)
- A bent or broken shock or strut
- Excessive rust on the shock or strut
Kneble’s Auto Service Center can perform the following services related to shocks and struts:
- Shock Absorber Replacement
- Replacement of Struts
- 4 Wheel Alignment
- Ride Comfort Diagnosis
- Noisy Ride Diagnosis
Ready to Make An Appointment For Your New Shocks and Struts?
At Kneble’s Auto Service Center we always want to make the process of getting your car serviced as convenient as possible. To ensure that we can get your car serviced in a timely manner, we ask that you make an appointment for service.
We are able to accommodate those who desire to wait for their shocks and struts to be inspected or replaced as we feature a comfortable waiting area complete with TV, complimentary refreshments, a library, desk, and a charging station. And yes, we even have free Wi-Fi!
In some cases, we may determine that the car needs to stay overnight either due to the time required for service or the unavailability of parts.
If you need service and have not made an appointment you can always feel free to call us at (609) 625-3286 to get on the schedule.
Please note that we offer a shuttle service within a 10 miles radius of the shop (Ocean City, Cologne, Pomona, and surrounding areas).
Frequently Asked Questions About Shocks and Struts:
We recommend replacing shocks and struts at the intervals set by the manufacturer.
Most front-wheel drive vehicles have struts in the front and shocks in the rear. Most rear-wheel drive vehicles and trucks utilize shocks on both the front and rear wheels. I visual inspection can confirm and if you are unsure, one of our Service Advisors or ASE Certified Technicians can inspect the vehicle and confirm.