As with virtually all vehicular components, a car’s shock absorbers will, at some point, need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. However, it’s not necessarily very easy to know when to do so. For a start, it really depends on the type of car you drive, its typical mileage and the kind of surfaces it usually travels on.
Shock absorbers control the movement of a car’s wheels and absorb the effects of bumps and depressions in the road. It also ensures that the tyres consistently maintain contact with the road surface.
As a rule of thumb, four to five years is the point at which you should change your vehicle’s shock absorbers. Nevertheless, you should always look out for signs of dilapidation. These can include ever-increasing braking distances and tyres wearing out more quickly than they should. This is a dangerous combination that can lead to loss of traction, resulting in the car aquaplaning.
Prevention is just as important as cure. Safe driving will help you to avoid full-on contact with potholes and bumps in the road, thus preserving the life of your vehicle’s shock absorbers.
Whenever you submit your vehicle to us for an MOT test, its shock absorbers will be one of the first things we look at. If you have any reason to believe that they aren’t functioning correctly, don’t leave it until it’s too late – get in touch with us as soon as you can.
Our expertly trained technical crew will carefully check them for you and effect any necessary repairs – or make replacements using original Dacia components.
To make an appointment, complete our online contact form – or phone or visit our Darlington or Northallerton branches any day of the week.