It’s not always easy to tell when your shocks and struts are starting to go bad. It’s something that tends to happen gradually, without any immediately obvious signs, and there aren’t any clear time or mileage milestones for when replacements are due.
To put it simply, shocks and struts help compensate for shifts in your car's weight, and keep tires firmly in contact with the road. In short, good shocks and struts help your car deal with bumps, potholes, quick stops, sharp turns, and other sudden interruptions of normal driving. Without good shocks and struts, other parts of your car, especially tires and vehicle suspension, have to deal with that weight and strain instead, and can become overworked. Bad shocks and struts also affect your car's electronic safety system, and its ability to deal with sudden stops and avoid crashes.
Luckily, there are some telltale signs of bad shocks and struts. Keep an eye out for these signs, and you’ll have a good idea of when things are starting to go downhill.
If you notice one or more of the above signs, it may be time to bring your vehicle to an auto repair shop in the Shiloh, IL area to your shocks and struts checked and, if necessary, replaced.
Even if you don't notice any of these signs, it's a good idea to have them checked anyway every 12,000 miles or so, just in case.