If you feel like your vehicle’s drive quality is not what it used to be, it is a good idea to know how to check shock absorbers. It is fairly simple and easy to do.
1. Observe your car from the front. With the car on a flat surface, it should appear perfectly level, i.e. both sides being the same height off the surface. If you actually know the specifications of your car’s suspension, you can measure the height. If the height is at or below the minimum specs, then you should take the car to a professional for further evaluation and repair. Being at the “minimum” is just that. It is no longer at the ideal, and something has changed.
2. Push down on the front of the car to test for weak shock absorbers. This is not a scientific test and is somewhat subjective. But it can be helpful when taken in conjunction with other checks made.
3. Visually inspect the struts or shock absorbers. Look for signs of liquid that is or has been running down the shock absorber. If present, then your shock absorbers could be bad. Once the seals begin leaking, the shock absorber becomes ineffective.
Findatyre.ie recommend you get your vehicle to one of our centres located Nationwide to have your shocks checked by a professional and replaced if you have any concerns whatsoever.
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