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What causes wear and tear on your shocks?

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The lifespan of your shocks, as you already know if you’ve watch our shocks videos (insert link), is dependent on a number of factors. These include the terrain you often travel on, the conditions you drive in and even your personal driving style. Luckily for you we know what can accelerate the wear on your shocks, which means once you’re aware of them you can take action to avoid these conditions.

1. Potholes

If you are driving on bad roads or hitting potholes often this will cause your vehicle to rebound more frequently and can damage your shocks.

2. Dirt roads

When travelling on dirt roads a lot of dust is generated in the air. These sand particles get into the seals of your shocks, damaging them and causing the fluid inside to leak out.

3. Mud

Mud gets into the inner components of your vehicle, including your shocks. This will damage the seals and cause leaks. Leakage reduces the effectiveness of your shocks as it diminishes their ability to absorb impact. 

You can absolutely extend the life of your shock absorbers by avoiding these conditions as well as regularly checking them and cleaning the wheel hubs of your car. Your shocks should be checked once a year at the very least or alternatively every 20,000kms.

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