Signs of Worn Shocks

Worn or damaged shock absorbers can negatively impact your vehicle's handling and overall ride comfort.

Here are eight signs that your shock absorbers may be worn:

Excessive Bouncing: If your vehicle bounces more than usual after hitting a bump or a pothole, it could be a sign that the shock absorbers are no longer effectively dampening the suspension.

Poor Handling: Worn shock absorbers can lead to poor handling, especially during turns. You may notice increased body roll, a feeling of instability, or difficulty maintaining control.

Steering Vibration: If you experience vibrations in the steering wheel, especially while driving on uneven surfaces or at certain speeds, it could be a sign of issues with the shock absorbers or other components in the suspension system.

Nose Dives During Braking: If the front of your vehicle dips noticeably forward when you brake, it may suggest that the front shock absorbers are worn and not providing sufficient resistance.

Car Does Not Hug the Road: A vehicle with worn shock absorbers may sway excessively from side to side, especially during turns or when driving in windy conditions.

Fluid Leaks: Inspect your shock absorbers for any signs of oil or fluid leaks. A leaking shock absorber is likely damaged and needs to be replaced.

Dented or Damaged Housing: Visual inspection revealing physical damage could impair performance and is a clear sign that your shocks must be replaced.

Car Veers Excessively in High Winds: The car tends to sway or veer in windy conditions making the vehicle feel unstable with poor control.

Uneven Tyre Ware: The type of ware pattern on your tyres can indicate possible worn shock absorbers. It is recommended that you inspect your tyres regularly and if in doubt get a professional opinion from an accredited fitment centre.

If you notice any combination of these signs, it's advisable to have your vehicle inspected by a fitment professional. They can assess the condition of your shock absorbers and recommend the appropriate course of action. Regular maintenance and prompt replacement of worn shock absorbers contribute to a safer and more comfortable driving experience.