Shocks and Struts
While the function of shocks and struts is very similar on most vehicles, the biggest difference is in how they mount to your car. Shocks function in addition to other suspension components, while struts are designed as a pivot point for the steering mechanism.
Worn struts increase braking distance and increase body roll, sway, and bounce rate. The bounce test, wherein you bounce on each corner of your vehicle a few times, is a good way to determine whether or not you need to schedule a strut replacement. If your vehicle bounces and settles, your struts are operating as they should. If your vehicle continues to bounce, you should seek to replace the struts on your suspension system as soon as possible. Other signs that your struts need to be replaced include excessive brake dive, acceleration squat, body roll or sway, and unusual tire wear patterns. Unusual noise from struts may also indicate that the spring seat or strut bearing requires a replacement. If you experience any of the above signs of worn struts, contact us immediately. Having your struts replaced will improve braking, handling, and the overall manageability of your vehicle. Bandy's Auto Service will also check your shocks to ensure they're in good working condition.