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How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

Shock absorbers - every vehicle has them! Like all the parts you have on your car, it's good to know as much as you can about your shock absorbers. You want to know what they are needed for, how long they last, and when they need to be replaced. Some may last longer than others, but there are some key things that you can be on the lookout for that will help you know when it is time to replace the shock absorbers on your vehicle.

Your shock absorbers are on your vehicle to absorb the shock that is put on your suspension. This is in place, so the passengers in your car don't have to take on the shock as you're driving. You want your car to run smoothly; whenever you drive over a bump, and you also want the impact when you press on your brake to be smooth and comfortable, particularly when you have to make a sudden stop, your shock absorbers will allow that to happen.

Not all shock absorbers are the same, although they all do the same thing. There are, in fact, three different main types of shock absorbers. They are:

  • Conventional Twin Tube Variety: This is the most common shock absorbers
  • Basic Twin Tube (Two-Tube): This type has a pressure tube and a reserve tube. It moves the hydraulic fluid inside, allowing the mechanical energy used when driving over bumps to turn into heat.
  • Mono-Tube: This has a pressure tube but two pistons (one working piston and one floating piston). They will move in sync with your vehicle.

When it comes to replacing your shock absorbers, it can be a lot different from other parts. They don't have a specific amount of mileage they can take, nor do they have a particular date that they must be replaced. However, it is possible to know when it is time to replace them. Whenever you notice your shock absorbers are feeling off, it is time to get them replaced. Some things that will tell you that your shock absorbers are off will be:

  • If you're taking longer to come to a complete stop
  • If you notice a dip or dive when applying the brake
  • If you feel vibrating while you're driving; they may be subtle vibrations when you are going slower, but when you accelerate in speed, you could lose control of your car

It's essential to know about your shock absorbers and to pay attention to your vehicle. If you notice these warning signs that it's time to replace your shock absorbers, you don't want to ignore them. If you need a shock absorber replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

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