How to Know Current Condition of Your Car's Shock Absorber

Points to check if car\'s shock absorber are working in tip top condition

Published: 06th January 2015 04:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th January 2015 04:46 PM   |  A+A-


Know Current Condition of Your Car's Shock Absorber. (Supplied Photo)

Points to check if car's shock absorber are working in tip top condition

Suspension system of any car is an integral part for a comfortable and smooth journey. In fact the comfort level of any vehicle in general, be it a two wheeler or a four wheeler depends upon the quality of shock absorbers involved. To simplify things, shock absorbers are basically springs that tend to take in the shocks that a vehicle can undergo on riding over speed bumps or potholes and prevent them from being transferred to the driver. On Indian roads these shock absorbers are doubly important as a lot more taxing conditions on our roads can affect our backs. But like other machineries, these shock absorbers are also a piece of hardware and are susceptible to wear and tear thus, gradually ceasing to work. Therefore, it is important to know what is the current situation of your car's shock absorber and how much more life can they provide you. So let us take a look at some of the ways or indications that can apprise you whether or not something is wrong with the suspension of your car.


1. Cranking sound of the car when going over speed breakers or potholes

If your car is making an unusual squeaking noise when it goes over a bump or a pothole, then be rest assured that it's time to change the shock absorbers or get it checked. Since suspensions are suppose to absorb the rebound pressure, confirmation would only come after the vehicle has been placed in a position of absorbing shock.

2. Stopping duration after brakes being applied

Not many people know that suspensions do have an effect on the braking quality of a car. If the braking quality is good, it can stop a car without requiring long distance after the brakes has been applied. This means shorter the distance the car stops in after pressing the brakes, better the braking system you have. If that stopping distance has been increasing, it would be a good idea to get the suspension system checked. An inadequate suspension system can lead to a 20 percent increase in stopping distance which can be dangerous if not looked into or a life saver if addressed on time.


3. Swerving and nose dives

If the car is under less control than it normally is, especially when the vehicle takes a dip or a swerve, it is time to get your shock absorbers checked. If neglected, repercussions can be dangerous under wet road conditions.

4. Vibrations

One of the major roles of shock absorber is to keep the tyres in complete contact with the road which provides maximum control over the car. However, when the contact reduces, you will feel vibrations in your steering wheel which is a true indicator that your suspensions have serious problems and need to be dealt earnestly. In such circumstances, it is better not to drive at high speeds so as to regain control of the car and preventing any accidents.

5. Uneven tyre wear

As discussed above, due to lack of proper contact between tyres and the roads, there can be uneven wear and tear on the former. This can be a result of shocks that the tyre is unable to bear due to the failing suspension system. If that is the case, the shock absorber need to be replaced

So there we have it. Top five indicators for a worn out shock absorber. Hope we have become more informed after going through the list.


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