Shock Absorbers play a crucial role in the health of your vehicle, contributing to a smooth drive and the longevity of other components. Ewood MOT & Service Centre offers specialist suspension services in Blackburn.
Recently, we have noticed an influx of vehicles coming into the garage with worn shock absorbers, largely due to road conditions like potholes.
Read below to find out the importance of functioning shock absorbers, how to spot wear and tear, inspections on MOT’s and practices you can follow to improve the health of your suspension.
The importance of functioning shock absorbers
Shock absorbers operate through hydraulic damping, using fluid resistance to slow down suspension movement. They resist the compression of springs during bumps, converting kinetic energy into heat. Faulty shock absorbers can lead to an MOT failure.
Road elements and conditions like speed bumps and potholes can subject a vehicle’s suspension system to sudden and intense shocks. This component of your suspension ensures that the impact of irregularities in the road doesn’t damage your car or impact you and your passengers. Functioning shock absorbers also ensure that the impacts from encountering these elements do not directly affect your vehicle’s frame.
Shock absorbers are also essential for maintaining contact between tyres and the road. Driving with worn-out shock absorbers puts your tyres at risk of losing contact with the road. Effective shock absorbers contribute towards traction and your safety.
Signs of worn-out shock absorbers
Ensuring your shock absorbers and overall suspension are in good health is critical. But how do you spot the signs of worn-out or faulty shock absorbers?
If a vehicle continues to bounce after contact with a bump, this is the first warning sign. Your journeys will seem extra ‘bumpy’, and you will be experiencing less comfortable rides and reduced control.
Uneven Tire Wear:
The next sign of inadequate shock absorbers is uneven tyre wear. Uneven tyre wear leads to a significant reduction in the lifespan of tyres but will also affect the vehicle’s handling and fuel efficiency.
Visible fluid leaks around the shock absorbers are another sure sign of deterioration. If there are signs of oil or hydraulic fluid leaks, immediate attention is needed.
How to take care of your shock absorbers
Whilst parts on a vehicle will suffer from wear and tear, there are things you can do to take care of your shock absorbers and overall vehicle health.
When driving, we recommend you safely avoid potholes and road irregularities, slow down for speed bumps, practice gradual braking and acceleration, and travel light (and evenly distributed) where possible. Excessive speeds, changes and loads can strain the suspension system. Drive defensively to give yourself a chance to react effectively to potential hazards.
We also recommend regularly checking your tyre pressure and suspension system, allowing you to notice issues earlier. We always recommend scheduling regular maintenance by the professionals, so why not take advantage of free health checks at Ewood MOT & Service Centre?
Expert Suspension Services in Blackburn
Ewood MOT & Service Centre offers expert suspension services tailored to address specific issues. Scheduling regular maintenance can help avoid a suspension replacement.
The suspension and shock absorbers are inspected on the MOT test and can be the reason for an MOT failure. Practising good car health tactics such as regular servicing allow you to prepare for your annual MOT and will ensure the longevity of your vehicle and specific components, like shock absorbers.
Additionally, utilise our Free Health Check to ensure your suspension is in optimal condition.