Shock absorbers are primarily designed to hug tyres to the road, giving you a smoother, more supple ride.

But that’s not their only purpose - they also affect:

  • Steering / stability
  • Road handling
  • Braking

Shocks become especially important in emergency manoeuvres.


New cars regularly come out with struts. Struts have a more compact build than conventional shocks and are a great fit for lighter vehicles – allowing more interior room.

They not only control the up and down movement of the wheels, but contribute to the steering's pivotal rotation.

An indication of worn or damaged shocks are:

  • Steering wheel vibration.
  • If the vehicle veers in side winds (body roll).
  • Excessive bounce on rough or bumpy surfaces.
  • Oil or fluid leakages from shocks or struts.
  • Nose-diving when braking.
  • Excessive lean or sway on bends and turns.
  • Uneven tyre wear.
  • Visable dented or damaged housing around the shock.

Good safety practice is to have shocks inspected by qualified technicians at least once a year.
If you haven't checked your shocks lately, you should have them inspected by the Hi-Q professionals immediately. Any vehicle with more than 50 000km is at potential shock absorber risk.

Hi-Q stocks only the most trusted shock absorber brands, including Gabriel and Monroe.

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