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Rear struts aren’t usually a part of scheduled maintenance, but on some cars, rear shock absorbers are. If this is the case with your car, the manufacturer’s maintenance will suggest that you replace the shock absorbers from time to time. This is a preventative measure to keep you from ending up with a much larger problem and a much more expensive service.
Your car uses a lot of different fluids, and, as a result, a lot of different things can leak. If you notice a leak coming from your car, it could be a number of different things. Rear struts and shock absorbers aren’t the most common elements in your car to cause leaks, but both can be the result of some unwanted fluid accumulation due to leaking hydraulic fluid.
Have you been paying any attention to this article? If so, then you know that rear struts and shock absorbers play the role of absorbing shock before it makes it to your butt. It naturally follows that if the struts or shock absorbers fail, there’s a good chance that you’ll feel like you’re in one of those rickety old wooden roller-coasters. That’s not a good thing for your car.
Here’s another piece of car advice that you should know without me telling you. Weird noises are usually a bad sign. Many different things can cause your car to talk to you, including rear struts or shock absorbers that aren’t feeling too well. If that’s the case, you’ll hear a knocking noise when you drive over bumps or potholes.
If your rear shock absorbers or struts are busted, then the tires will deal with excess wear and tear. That can result in abnormal wear on your tires. Always keep an eye out for tires that aren’t wearing normally. It’s one of the best ways to spot a small issue with your car before it becomes a big issue.
Yes, your brakes can be related to the struts or shock absorbers. No, it’s not the most likely thing to be impacting brake performance, but if the rear struts or shock absorbers are acting up, then the car will vibrate as it brakes, and it won’t brake as efficiently.
Your car is still safe to drive short distances when the rear struts or shock absorbers begin to go. But the more you drive, the more you’re just going to put excess stress on other parts of your car, leading to bigger issues down the road. Be smart, and get them replaced.
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