How to check the car's shock absorbers
Periodic review of the vehicle and all its components is essential to ensure our safety on the road and avoid possible incidents and unpleasant surprises. The shock absorbers are one of the most important elements and have a great role in the overall safety of the vehicle so you can not neglect them at any time, they must be subjected to an exhaustive review when appropriate. In this article we give you some tips on how to check the car's shock absorbers to enjoy safe and comfortable trips.
The shock absorbers are a fundamental component in the suspension, steering and braking of the vehicle. Its main function is to achieve maximum adherence between the tire and the road to keep the car stable and provide greater comfort and comfort to all occupants, so if they are in good condition it increases their safety on the road and reduces the risk of suffer traffic accidents.
You should know that the car's shock absorbers gradually wear out and that if we do not change them they can damage other essential elements of the vehicle such as tires, ball joints, shafts and semi-axles.
Sometimes the driver does not realize that the malfunction of the shock absorbers is a full-blown hazard. The most convenient is to follow the indications of experts in this regard, who stipulate to review the dampers every 20, 000 km and replace them with new ones every 60, 000 km, although depending on the type of terrain through which we circulate, we will have to do the revision with more or less frequently since it is not the same to travel on roads in good condition than on roads in poor conditions.
There is a very simple manual test that drivers can perform themselves to check the condition of the shock absorbers. It consists of pressing on the hood of the vehicle and then loosening the pressure. If in front of it, the vehicle oscillates only once it means that they work correctly but in the case of more than one rebound, the shock absorbers could be worn and must be checked by a mechanic.
However, when we notice greater braking distance, vehicle swings with the side wind, loss of control in curves, tire wear, increased risk of slippage or increased fuel consumption will mean that the shock absorbers are damaged and must be replaced urgently by a professional mechanic. Visit our article When should I change my car's shock absorbers to know more details?
Finally take into account that the shock absorbers must be changed in pairs, front or rear, to ensure the balance of the vehicle and prevent it from being decompensated.