SHOCK AND STRUT MOUNTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It’s important to understand what your shock and strut mounts are, why they’re important, and how they work. So let’s get started!
WHAT IS A STRUT/SHOCK MOUNT?
A shock mount or strut mount is the metal frame to which the suspension components are attached. The mount is bolted to the car body and supports the entire weight of the vehicle in addition to helping absorb road vibrations through springs, shocks, and struts.
It’s important that you understand how your vehicle’s suspension system works because it will help you select appropriate replacement parts when something breaks down. The job of a strut/shock mount is to support your car’s weight while allowing it to move up and down as well as side-to-side. When riding over bumps in the road, this movement helps cushion passengers from feeling every bump individually—which would be rather jarring!
WHAT CAUSES SHOCK AND STRUT MOUNTS TO FAIL?
So, what causes shock and strut mounts to fail?
- Age, wear and tear: Shock and strut mounts can wear out over time. This is especially true if you drive aggressively on rough roads. If your shocks are not functioning properly, then that means less protection for your car’s suspension system. You may also notice that your tires tend to bounce more than usual when driving over bumps or potholes because they don’t have enough support from their shock absorbers. And obviously this can lead to premature tire wear as well as an increase in road noise inside the cabin of your car or truck.
- Damage caused by hitting a pothole or curb: If you’ve ever hit a pothole at speed (or even just bumped into one), then it’s likely that one of your shock absorbers have been damaged in some way—even if it doesn’t look like it! It could be something small like a bent shaft or rod within the unit itself which will cause binding issues down-the-line but not immediately noticeable upon inspection at home; therefore leading to premature failure later on due its weakened state (like having already been exposedto extreme heat/cold cycles). Or maybe something worse has happened such as being torn open by debris flying about during impact causing internal leakage whereupon fluid loss occurs over time causing further deterioration until failure occurs altogether.”
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR STRUT/SHOCK MOUNT FAILS?
If your shock or strut mount fails, the vehicle will feel like it’s going to roll over. The vehicle will bounce more when you drive and shake more when you drive. And the vehicle will feel loose while at a standstill.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR STRUT/SHOCK MOUNT IS FAULTY?
- Vibrations. Even the most minor vibrations can be a sign that your shock/strut mount is faulty.
- Noises. A rattling sound, especially when you’re accelerating from low speeds, is often an indication that one or more of your suspension components needs to be replaced.
- Leaks and seepage under the vehicle can also indicate that something’s wrong with the shock/strut mounts, but this isn’t always true—you might just need new air shocks or struts!
- If you notice any cracks or fractures in the metal construction of your shock/strut mounts, they could be causing undue stress on your vehicle’s suspension system and should be replaced immediately to avoid further damage or injury (to yourself).
If you’re experiencing the above issues or any other problems with your ride, it’s best to take your vehicle in to an auto technician. They’ll be able to inspect your car and let you know if there’s a problem or not.
If they recommend replacing your shock absorber or strut mount (or both), just make sure that they’re replaced with the correct parts—you want to avoid getting charged for labor when all they did was swap out a faulty part!
If you’re experiencing problems with your car’s shock/strut mounts, don’t wait to get them checked out! The sooner you can address the problem and replace the faulty mount, the less likely it is that other parts will be damaged.