The ride quality of your vehicle depends on your factory-installed shocks or struts. They do the same thing, but are completely different components. The difference between the two? Shocks are independent of your steering and suspension system, while struts are integrated. That means struts are stronger, but you need to be sure to perform an alignment after replacing them.
What Shocks and Struts Do
Both shocks and struts control the activity of your springs, limiting the amount of body roll that your car, van, pickup, or SUV experiences when you turn. They also help to keep your wheels aligned and improve your tire's grip on the road. That gives you better braking and handling with a more assured sense of control.
How to Spot Bad Shocks or Struts
Eventually, however, shocks and struts can begin to go bad. Signs of failure include:
- A bumpier-than-usual ride
- Your suspension bottoms out when you're back out of the driveway
- Your vehicle pulls to one side when you brake
- You spot a greasy film on the shocks or struts
Genuine OEM Shocks and Struts Perform Best
Driving on bad shocks and struts isn't comfortable, nor is it safe or smart. When you need to replace worn shocks or struts, make sure that you select the shocks or struts that your manufacturer made specifically for your model. They're guaranteed to fit and perform as you want, right out of the box! Our online auto parts counter has everything you need for the job, in stock and ready to ship to your door. Buy now to save both time and money!
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