How To Keep Your Wheels on the Road - Bad Shocks How To Keep Your Wheels on the Road - Bad Shocks

What Happens When Shocks or Struts are Worn?

Worn shocks or struts can increase wear of:

  • Tires
  • Ball Joints 
  • Steering Linkage 
  • Springs 
  • C.V. Joints

Good vehicle maintenance can eliminate wear and tear on under-car parts and your wallet. A vehicle with worn shock absorbers is more vulnerable to undercarriage damage. One severe jolt from a pot hole, for example, can damage exhaust system brackets, transmission pan, radiator mounts or other parts.

On a rough, winding road the driver of a car with worn shocks is in danger of losing control. Weak shocks or struts permit excessive rebound of the wheels, allowing them to become airborne. During this brief period the tire is in the air, it loses contact with the road surface. All steering and braking is lost. 


Rear end sag due to overload affects steering and handling. This condition also can increase wear of tires, suspension parts, steering linkage and drive line components. 

Air shocks, along with good springs, help prevent rear end sag.

Courtesy of the Car Care Council

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