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How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

The shock absorbers in your vehicle are important when it comes to making your ride smooth. They work with the struts and the springs to reduce the bouncing caused by the springs compressing and releasing so you don't feel every single bump in the road. These parts undergo a lot of stress and usage over time, which means that they aren't void of having to be replaced. 

Typically when shocks need to be replaced, they will start leaking. So, exactly how long do they last? This depends on a number of factors including the make and model of your vehicle, your car's mileage, your driving habits, your daily route, and more. However, the typical lifespan for shock absorbs is around 60,000 miles or so. If you refer to your vehicle's owner's manual, it will guide you on what mileage your shocks should be inspected and possibly replaced if needed. 

If your shock absorbers are going bad, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • Vibrations while on the road
  • Nose diving while braking
  • Car bounces up and down after driving over bumps or potholes
  • Uneven or excessive tire wear
  • Leaking fluid coming from spring area
  • Cracked bushings at the attachment points

If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, we invite you to New Concept Auto Service for an inspection. Driving with bad shock absorbers isn't just uncomfortable, but can start to cause damage to other surrounding suspension components. Our professionals will perform a full inspection of the suspension system to better understand if your shocks need to be replaced or if the issue is with another component. 

Give us a call or stop by our shop today!