Many vehicle drivers are familiar with the term shocks and struts in regards to the suspension system. However, do you know exactly what the strut is, and what its purpose is within the suspension system? Let's take a look at the definition of the strut and its importance when it comes to our driving experience.
The strut is a component of your vehicle's suspension system, which is the system that includes your vehicle's wheels, chassis, and connecting parts. The job of the suspenison system overall is to support your vehicle as well as keep your ride smooth by absorbing impact from the road.
The strut is a component that is comprised of two working parts: the shock absorbers and a spring. The spring is a coil spring that helps to support the weight of your car and absorbs movement. The shock absorbers have the job of essentially absorbing shocks from the road and dampening vibrations. The stut is basically the part that ensures that you have a smooth and controlled ride.
Since struts hold up under the entire weight of your vehice and do most of the absorbing of road shock, they tend to wear down and start leaking over time with regular use of your vehicle. We recommend that they are inspected periodically and replaced when needed. The best place to reference if you are unsure about how often your vehicle needs a shocks and struts service is your vehicle's owner's manual.
If you suspect that your vehicle needs a shocks or struts replacement, give us a call here at Peerless Automotive or stop by today for service!