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Shock absorbers are used to absorb shock. You probably could have gotten there on your own, yeah? In slightly less obvious news, struts are also used to absorb shock. The two components are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually different car parts. That said, they perform the same function. Which, again, is to absorb shock. Your car has struts or shock absorbers in both the front and the rear. Depending on the year of your car, as well as the make and model, you may have just shock absorbers, just struts, or some combination of the two. Okay, with those weird details out of the way, let’s get into the heart of what rear struts and shock absorbers due. Your car is subject to a lot of harsh conditions when you drive, such as potholes, speedbumps, and imperfections in the road. There’s also stress from the pull of the car as you go around turns, accelerate, or slow down. And let’s be honest: The way you drive isn’t doing your car any favors. Hey, I’m just saying. The rear struts and shock absorbers take a lot of that movement from the road and absorb it. By doing this, your car is protected from that stress, which keeps critical components from being damaged, and keeps you from being subject to some serious discomfort. The rear shock absorbers are a simple enough piece of your car. They’re placed above the wheels, and connect to the suspension and the frame of the car. They essentially are cylinders with a piston in them, as well as some gas or oily fluid. As your car bounces up and down along the road, the piston in the shock absorbers does the same, with the liquid or gas absorbing much of the impact. That keeps the frame of the car from absorbing it, which keeps your butt from absorbing it. That’s a good thing…right? Rear struts are a little bit different. In addition to everything the shock absorbers do, rear strut assemblies also help hold up the weight of the car. They’re built into the suspension system as well. Your rear struts or shock absorbers are quite durable, but they occasionally do need to be replaced. When that happens, they should be done in pairs, and your wheels should be aligned.
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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