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Shocks and Struts

What is it?

Like your car's brake system, the steering and suspension systems are key safety-related systems.Together, they largely determine your car's ride and handling. Have your car's steering and suspension system checked regularly, at least once a year and ususally with a wheel alignment.

What does it do?

The suspension maintains the relationship between the wheels and the frame or unibody. The suspension system inteacts with the steering system to provide vehicle control. When working properly, the suspension system helps absorb the energy from road irregularities such as potholes and help to maintain vehicle stability. The steering system transmits your input from the steering wheel to the steering gear and other steering components to control the car's direction.

Typical Wear and Tear

Over time, steering and suspension components wear out and require replacement. Regular checks are critical to maintain a safe car. Factors that affect wear include:
- Driving habits
- Operating conditions
- Vehicle type
- Type of steering and suspension system
- Frequency of regular maintenance such as chassis lubrication and wheel alignment


- Pulling
- Uneven tire wear
- Noise and vibration while cornering
- Loss of control

Key components in your car's steering and suspension systems include:

1) Shocks and/or struts
2) Steering knuckle
3) Ball joints
4) Steering rack/box
5) Bearings, seals or hub units
6) Tie rod ends

Information provided by Car Care Counsel, a national non-profit organization established to educate consumers about the benefits of proper vehicle care, maintenance and repair.