Shock Absorbers Repair
Shocks or shock absorbers are designed to limit the bounce and sway of your vehicle while it is on the road. They do not actually support the vehicle’s weight. Shocks are part of the suspension system, but they are not essential in order to operate your car or truck. Granted, without shocks, you won’t have the most comfortable ride, but your vehicle is still able to function.
Your car’s suspension system maximises the friction between the tyres and the road surface, to provide steering stability with good handling and to ensure the comfort of the passengers. Regular suspension system and shock absorber service is highly recommended to ensure a smooth ride.
How Do Shock Absorbers and Suspensions Work?
Coil springs and leaf springs are designed to absorb up/down forces to keep tyres planted firmly on the road. Most modern cars have independent front/rear suspension. Dampeners, namely struts and shock absorbers, dissipate the energy absorbed by coil springs, so up/down motion is quickly reduced to zero. If the dampeners are in proper working order, the passengers should be unaffected by dips or bumps in the road. If the components are old or faulty, the vertical energy would cause your car to jump up off the road, then come crashing back down onto the road with even greater force, reducing tyre friction and control, making for a very uncomfortable and dangerous ride.
Some cars also have torsion bars (anti-sway or anti-roll bars) that span the car’s frame and help level out side-to-side motions while cornering. Torsion bars are an important feature of the suspension system, particularly on high-profile vehicles (such as 4WDs) that are considered top-heavy.
How could something go wrong?
The most common problem is wear from extended road use. Another cause is a jarring impact (or a series of jarring impacts) that could cause breakage.
How do you recognize a problem?
Bouncing is the most noticeable sign. And the steering wheel will feel loose. You should also check to see if your car is sitting level.
How does Kwik Kar make it right?
First of all, we offer auto inspections. So, there's no reason you shouldn't have your car looked at the minute trouble signs appear. It could save you money. Because shocks wear out gradually, problems may not be as noticeable as, say, a muffler falling off.