If your vehicle seems to wallow over bumps in the road like a ship bobs over waves, it may be time to inspect your struts and shock absorbers.
The part of the suspension system known as the strut assembly is basically a shock absorber encased in a spring for added support.
A shock absorber is a mechanical device that is outfitted with a hydraulic or pneumatic piston that is designed to dampen the shock of bumps in the road.
As you might imagine, these parts take a beating over time, as they help ensure that the tire rubber will remain on the road as the vehicle encounters bumps. Upgrading to firmer shocks may improve your vehicle's road handling ability.
TIP: Springs tend to wear out far less frequently than shock absorbers, which may wear out at 50,000 miles or so.
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