How long do shock absorbers last?

The answer to this question depends on many different variables, such as where you drive and
how ‘hard’ you drive. If you do a lot of off road driving for example, or mostly drive on dirt roads,
your shocks will wear much faster. If you primarily drive on tar roads that are level and smooth,
your shocks will last for longer.

The best way to find out whether your shocks are worn is to get them checked by a professional –
we’d recommend getting them checked at least once a year or every 50 000 km.

There are several warning signs to look out for. If you experience any of the below, you need to get
your shocks checked out immediately.

  • You’re having trouble stopping – worn shocks can add up to 20% to your braking distance.
  • Your vehicle nose diving and swerving when braking.
  • Uncomfortable steering vibrations.
  • Vehicle veers in side winds.
  • Vehicle rattles and shakes when going over bumps or driving on uneven surfaces.
  • You tyres are wearing unevenly and in patches.