Shocks and struts play important roles in safe driving by helping deliver satisfactory steering, stopping and stability. Their damping action helps maintain movement of the vehicle’s suspension within safe limits. This, in turn, helps the brakes do their job by maintaining tire traction and distributing the vehicle’s weight across all four wheels. Shocks and struts also limit the transfer of vehicle weight from front to back when braking, and from side to side around turns. And properly functioning shocks and struts help protect tires from abnormal wear.
Struts and shocks are very similar in function, but very different in design. The job of both is to control excessive spring motion; however, struts are also a structural component of the suspension. Struts can take the place of two or three conventional suspension components and are often used as a pivot point for steering and to adjust the position of the wheels for alignment purposes.
The Safety Triangle Inspection checks critical interconnected system components that control steering, stopping and stability. Going beyond tires and brakes, the Safety Triangle is vital to a driver’s ability to avoid accidents. Just one part worn part could diminish vehicle control and compromise safety.
Shocks help distribute your car’s weight over all four tires, improving handling during turns.
Worn shocks and struts can allow excessive body roll when turning, which affects the vehicle's ability to safely steer around objects in the road.
Shocks and brakes work together to help your vehicle stop sooner under certain driving conditions, by minimizing weight transfer to the front wheels.
Shocks and tires work together to help maximize tire-to-road contact, improving vehicle stability.
Like most safety-critical chassis components, shocks and struts do wear out over the course of normal operation and need to be replaced.
We are aware of the driving conditions in Hamilton and we have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to keep your shocks in excellent condition. At Right Way Auto Repair, our technicians can provide a complete inspection and when necessary replace shocks and struts of the highest quality.
To schedule an appointment for our Shock and Struts service, please contact us online or call us at (905) 381-9285.