Toyota Shock Absorbers & Struts
A properly functioning suspension system allows your car to drive comfortably and safely at relatively high speeds even when going over bumps and irregularities while simultaneously cornering on a wet road.
The struts and shock absorbers are important both for comfort, safety, and maintaining the integrity of the surrounding components. At relatively slow speeds bad struts and shocks seem mostly an aesthetic/comfort issue.
Most people don’t enjoy the jouncey ride with the vehicle swaying and bobbing every time you change lanes or corner, accelerate, brake, or go over a bump. At higher speeds though, it increasingly becomes a safety issue.
Struts and shock absorbers control the springs so that the springs aren’t allowed to go into uncontrolled oscillations and bouncing. When the spring action isn’t being controlled through the shock absorption system, the tires are trying to hop and they don’t maintain continuous and effective engagement with the road.
This can be particularly dangerous in an emergency situation when you need all the traction you can get and where you are trying to turn and brake at the same time on a road with an irregular surface.
In addition to the comfort and safety concerns, when the struts and shocks get weak, the vehicle’s suspension is much more likely to be bottoming out so that components hit the end of their range of travel with damaging force. We’ve seen instances where the shocks or struts rip loose from their attaching points (creating extra damage and cost) due to prolonged hammering experienced from driving after they were weak and ineffective.
Weak and ineffective struts and shock absorbers also contribute to premature tire wear.
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