One of the most dangerous things you can do as a driver is to neglect your vehicle’s suspension system. When it is time for you to swap out your shocks or struts don’t wait or you could cause significant safety problems for you, your passengers, as well as for pedestrians and other drivers and their passengers. Taking your car to a shock replacement store is always one way to solve the problem, but if you want to save yourself some money as well as take pride in a job you finished yourself, there is nothing more rewarding than saying to yourself, “I did the work!”
So, why should you replace your shocks at the first sign of trouble? Well, properly working shock absorbers keep your car’s tires in contact with the road and provide a cushion from road impact. Shocks stop unnecessary rebound, diminish sway, and improve the handling of your vehicle when braking, cornering or driving on uneven roads. Shock absorbers limit the travel and the extension of your vehicle’s springs by putting a halt to unremitting bouncing.
Finding the right shocks or struts for your car involves asking yourself a few questions:
Does my car come equipped with shock absorbers or struts? Both do basically the same thing, but they are different in that shocks are simply one part of your suspension system while struts are your entire suspension system comprising of upper ball joint, shock, and spring in one unit.
What type of ride am I hoping to achieve with my new shocks or struts? Monroe Shock Absorbers, one of the leading names in the business, offers a variety of shock and strut models depending on what your desired ride comfort level is, the type of vehicle you own, or whether you are regularly pull something or not.
Bilstein Shocks are standard equipment on Mercedes Benz automobiles and on select General Motors models; they are considered by some as offering a premium level of performance capabilities.
For off roading purpose, Rancho Shocks are the leaders in providing heavy duty shocks for light trucks and SUVs. Many consider Rancho Shocks as being the best trail duty shocks on the market. Both Monroe and Rancho are owned by the same company, Tenneco-Automotive, but their market emphasis is quite different.
Purchasing shock absorbers or struts can involve some serious shopping around for the weekend mechanic. When you purchase directly from an online wholesaler, such as Car Parts Stuff, you are likely to realize the greatest savings as the better ones purchase directly from the manufacturers, cutting out the middle man and his high mark ups. Aftermarket stores will likely carry what you want, but if they use third party suppliers, you will pay extra for the convenience.
Wherever you go, please make sure that you can return the parts, if needed, and only shop those online retailers who have free shipping available and online assistants standing by. Don’t mess around when it comes to replacement shock absorbers and struts. Your car and the lives of you and others are too valuable for you to ignore by cutting corners.
Matt Keegan is a contributing writer for Car Parts Stuff, an online supplier of high quality and well priced automobile parts.