Signs My Shocks Are Going Bad

Your car, truck, or utility vehicle may or may not be equipped with shocks. If it does have shocks, they are on the rear wheels. The average lifespan of shocks is anywhere between 50,000 miles and 100,000 miles. Therefore, you can expect to get about ten years out of these suspension parts. However, there will come a point when your shocks go bad and must be replaced. Thankfully, our certified technicians have vast experience in suspension repairs. As such, you can count on us if your shocks go bad.

Extra Bouncing

The shocks have a fluid inside them that allows them to absorb the bumps in the road and uneven pavement. This is why your vehicle does not bounce or bounce very little when you drive over a bump. In addition, the shocks and the front wheels’ struts absorb the bouncing motion, so you do not feel it inside the passenger cabin.

If the shocks go bad, your vehicle will bounce more noticeably while driving. You can test the shocks by securing your vehicle with the parking brake on level pavement. Then, press down on the trunk and release it to see how often the rear end of your vehicle bounces. If the motion does not stop, you need new shocks.


The shocks also work with the struts to ensure your automobile does not respond to its momentum. They prevent the vehicle from lurching or leaning when you utilize the brake pedal or accelerator, respectively. If you are experiencing momentum, this is a sign that the struts are bad.

Oily/Greasy Shocks

The shocks have a fluid inside them to absorb the road bumps. When the shocks get too old, the seal that keeps the liquid inside the shocks can break. You can feel this oily solution if you reach behind the rear wheels and touch the shocks. We can replace the shocks and get you back on the road with a comfortable ride.

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