HOW BAD ARE WORN SHOCKS AND STRUTS?
It’s pothole season—time to protect your suspension. Here’s why.
1. I hit a deep rut recently. Do I need to get my shocks and struts checked? Definitely. When your vehicle hits a big pothole, damage to your suspension can throw your alignment off—and if you ignore this issue, a lot of new problems can appear.
2. How can I tell if my suspension is damaged or worn? Try this quick bounce test: Push down firmly on the front and then the rear of your vehicle. If the car moves up and down more than twice, have your shocks and struts checked. Excessive bouncing can affect your ability to safely control your vehicle.
3. Does my suspension system influence my ability to brake? As your shocks or struts become worn, your vehicle will become inclined to “jounce” up and down over bumps; this makes braking more difficult and could significantly increase your stopping distance. If this is the case, get them replaced using Ford original equipment parts.
4. Is it riskier to drive in the rain when your shocks and struts are worn? Worn shocks and struts can affect the way your wheels engage with the road, especially when roads are slick. If your vehicle is sliding or hydroplaning often, get your suspension checked at a local Ford dealership.
5. Will I have to replace my tires faster if my suspension needs work? Damaged struts or shocks may not only make your tires wear out faster, but they can also contribute to wear on the other steering components of the vehicle, such as tie rods and wheel bearings. If you notice a rumbling at higher speeds, have a Certified Ford Technician look for scalloped “cupping” on your tires caused by jouncing, which is a red flag that your suspension needs attention.