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Know Your Shock Absorbers

Tips - 12 August 2019

Your shock absorbers are critical safety components on your car and can be classified into two basic types – standalone shocks that attach to the vehicle suspension and frame, and shock-absorber cartridges that are integrated into a suspension strut.

Some cars have struts in the front and individual shocks in the rear. If this is the case, it’s possible to replace the rear shocks with the help of a friend who knows what they’re doing, but it’s safer to have your shock absorbers replaced by a professional.

The Purpose of Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers limit overall vehicle body movement or sway. They support the springs in your car ensuring they don’t rebound on impact over rough surfaces.  In this way they absorb and level out jolts to your car. They also do the job of keeping your tyres in contact with the road at all times.

Causes of Worn Shocks

Although the performance of shock absorbers deteriorates over time due to wear and tear, this situation is hastened by potholes and other bad road conditions. Dirt and mud can damage seals and cause leakage – Read more

Symptoms of Worn Shocks

Your tyres and shocks work together so if your shocks are worn your tyres do not grip the road firmly. As shocks gradually wear out you unconsciously adjust your driving to compensate. You may only notice the decreased efficiency when your car struggles to hold the road while cornering or braking quickly.

Your shock absorbers are worn and require replacement if you experience:

  • Vibrations while driving
  • A tapping sound while driving caused by cracked bushing at attachment points
  • Swerving or nose diving when braking
  • Longer braking time
  • Uneven tyre wear
  • Leaking fluid

Recognise any of these signs? Visit your local Supa Quick fitment centre for a free check.

What to do When your Shocks are Worn

New cars are fitted with original equipment shock absorbers while on the auto-manufacturer’s production line and are sourced from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Worn shocks will be replaced by the dealership as long as it is within the vehicle’s warranty period.

If you experience problems after your vehicle’s warrantee has expired before the next service is due, visit a reputable auto fitment centre affiliated to the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) and who comply with its codes of conduct and Consumer Protection Act guidelines.  

Gabriel and Monroe shocks are the preferred brands due to their quality. However, depending on your performance requirements, house-brand shock absorbers can be up to 20% cheaper and adequately meet your needs.    

The benefit of fitting shock absorbers at a reliable fitment centre with a national footprint, is that should any problems arise, you can have it resolved at any of the branches, wherever you happen to be in the country.

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Disclaimer: This information is for educational, or entertainment purposes only. The views expressed here are not that of Supa Quick. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information on this site is at your own risk. We will not be liable for any losses and damages in connection with the content on this site.

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