Our car maintenance tips and tricks
Oct 10

Keep Your Car Safe and Comfortable with Functional Shocks


The magnitude of vibrations is reduced and slowed by shocks. The kinetic energy in the shocks is converted into heat by the hydraulic fluid. Your car’s shock absorbers reduce the amount of vibrational energy that reaches your vehicle and its occupants. Both leaf and coil springs produce oscillations and other movements that must be dampened. 

Your vehicle’s manufacturer installs superb shock absorbers, but you must maintain them on a regular basis. Predictive maintenance might be based on vehicle usage or regular scheduling. During routine car maintenance, have your technician evaluate the shocks and struts. Your car’s shocks play an important role in its handling and ride quality. Keep your shocks functional for a safer, smoother ride by visiting Smart Mechanics in Essex today!

Here are three reasons why you should keep your shock absorbers in good working order.

Improve Your Handling

When you buy a car, you probably prioritise factors like engine power, trunk room, durability, and the availability of spare parts in your area. However, you do not require an expensive, rapid, and difficult-to-control vehicle. The suspension system is designed by manufacturers to ensure that you can control the car. Even while travelling at high speeds on uneven roads, proper handling keeps the automobile stable and secure.

The concept of handling indicates that your car’s tyres have enough friction with the road. Another way to define your vehicle’s handling is the ease with which a driver can steer it safely while maintaining passenger comfort.Your shocks play an important role in the handling process, ensuring that the automobile responds suitably to the driver’s inputs.

To guarantee that your vehicle handles properly, the shocks must be operational. The shocks, for example, control the vertical acceleration of your wheels after striking a bump. They also enable your wheel to follow the ridge rather than float in mid-air. Shocks keep the wheels in contact with the surface, allowing you to steer the car even on difficult terrain.

Increase Your Life Expectancy

Vibration dumping is required for all equipment that receive vibration from the outside or the inside. Vibration dumping eliminates harmful energy while protecting the machine’s structure. Vehicles are subjected to a great deal of vibration, especially while driving on rough terrain. The car vibrates while loading, especially when substantial loads are placed in the tub or trunk. 

The weight of your vehicle is already supported by the chassis of your vehicle. When subjected to continual vibrations, such loaded beams approach their yield stress. For example, driving on uneven roads for an extended period of time may bend or damage the chassis. Shocks serve as your sacrificial parts, protecting the pricey and difficult-to-replace chassis from harmful vibrations.

If the shocks lessen vibrations, the car’s chassis, mounting brackets, engine, and other parts will live longer. Your vehicle’s value is also preserved by insulating valuable components from vibrations that cause wear and tear. As a result, replacing worn-out shock absorbers might help extend the life of your vehicle.

Ensure Your Safety

In a variety of ways, functional shocks ensure that your automobile is safe to drive. The shocks, for example, reduce uneven tyre wear. Tyres with unevenly worn treads have little traction on the road and may be difficult to control. Shocks keep the tyres in contact with the ground and wear out at the same pace.

Shocks also play an important part in passenger safety. Dangerous vibrations induce driver fatigue, discomfort, and other health effects. Replace your shocks as soon as possible to avoid these health issues and to ensure that you enjoy driving your automobile. Replace the shocks and struts if you notice high-speed instability, uneven tyre wear, tyre bouncing, shock absorber leaking or excessive dipping of your car’s front when braking.

If you’re not sure whether your shocks are functional, it’s best to have them inspected by a mechanic. Smart Mechanics in Essex can perform a free inspection and recommend the best course of action for your car. Contact our Car Mechanics experts today for affordable suspension upgrades and replacements. 

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