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
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.
- 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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