What To Look Out For When You Suspect Worn Shock Absorbers In Your Car

When you’re on the road, your car’s shock absorbers are always busy helping to keep your car safe and balanced. However, like any car part that is always in use, your car’s shock absorbers will begin to experience wear and tear, and ultimately give out. Luckily there are warning signs that indicate that your shock absorbers are due for a replacement.

Stopping distance

One of the most important signs of wear you need to look out for, is when your car suddenly struggles to stop in good time. If your car is taking too long to come to a complete halt, it’s not only a major safety concern, but also a clear indication that you need to get it to your nearest repair centre.

Swerving and nose dip

Another braking-related problem with worn shocks is your car’s nose dipping down or swerving when you brake. This means that one or both of your shocks are on their way out, and you should get expert help as soon as possible.


When you’re driving, and you feel an uncomfortable vibrating sensation coming through the steering wheel, it might mean that your shocks have become too worn to keep your tyres in contact with the ground.

Veering and sliding

If your car gets caught in a strong wind, and you feel a sudden sliding or veering feeling, it means that the shocks are no longer able to keep your car steady. Luckily a shock replacement will quickly set things right.


When you’re driving over bumps, and a rattling sound can be heard, it’s often an indication that your shocks can’t handle the impact and stress placed on them by the road. Not only does this make for an uncomfortable drive, but it also places unnecessary stress on other components of your car.

Uneven tyre wear

One of the main functions of your car’s shock absorbers is to keep your tyres placed firmly and evenly on the road. If you see uneven wear or bald spots on your tyres, it might mean that your shocks cannot apply even pressure, and should be replaced.

If you have any questions about shock absorbers or what to look out for, contact us today.

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