When do you need replacement shocks and why are shocks so important? These may be the questions you ask yourself and they are good ones. This is a vital aspect to your car in regards to safety. Shocks are important and so is recognizing when it is time to replace them.

You do not have to go to a dealer to have your shocks checked. In fact, this can be a waste of your money. It is something you can easily do yourself when you know how to.

The first thing you can do is check your vehicle when you are driving it. Hitting a bump on the road is a great indicator. After hitting the bump does your car or truck continue to bounce up and down? If the answer is yes then you will need new shocks. This may begin as a gradual thing and then develop over time until they are really bad. If you wait too long you can damage other components in your car.

You can also look at the shocks physically by looking under your car or truck. For a truck or van you may not be able to see them. In this case you will need to push on the bumper and follow the steps the same as you are physically looking at them. When you can see the shocks look under the tire. You will see the bottom of them and can push them. They will bounce. If you see them bounce once or twice and stop they are fine. If they continue to bounce they need replacing. The bumper test will be the same. If your vehicle continues to bounce they need replacing.

The reason it is so important to replace worn out shocks is because as stated earlier, they are responsible for keeping your tires in contact with the road. If you are driving down a rough road and the wheels are bouncing up and down, worn shocks will actually allow the wheels to completely lose contact with the roadway. This is especially dangerous if you hit a dip or a bump during a high speed corner. Good shocks will also help to minimize body roll, also very important during cornering.

Buying replacement shocks is a decision you will need to make once you have determined if you need them. Buying shocks will need to happen but knowing where to get them is another thing. Wherever you buy them you will want to ensure that you are purchasing them from a reputable company. How do you know if a company has a good reputation? The best way to tell is by checking those who have used them before. Get recommendations, check online reviews and see if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau. All of these steps will make sure you are getting quality service.

A dealer will have the parts that fit specifically for your car, truck or van. Ensure they use factory parts when replacing. If you have any doubts get them checked by another company and keep all of your receipts. If you want to you can also find them at aftermarket companies. Many independent companies use aftermarket parts.

It is essential to have good shocks on your vehicle for you and your family’s sake. Without them there can be a serious safety hazard in the long run. Get your vehicle checked and keep it maintained to ensure your family safety and the life span of your vehicle as well.