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When to Replace Your Car's Struts

While the 'bounce test' has been the most common way to test older vehicles to see if shocks or struts need to be replaced, newer cars require a more sophisticated approach. In general, if your car feels as though it's bouncing down the road or swaying too much in turns, your struts and/or shocks may need replacement. Here's three indications you need to replace your car's struts or shocks. 1. Vehicle Handling: Struts and shocks are essentially shock absorbers to smooth out your ride, not only absorbing bumps and dips in the road, but also stabilizing during turns, braking, accelerating and the like. Changes in how your car handles and steers are often a sign the struts are worn. Noises coming from steering, the front of the car diving more than normal during braking, swaying or leaning when turning and stiffness in the ride are other indicators you should get a suspension inspection to see if replacement of the shocks and struts is necessary ... read more

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