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Shock absorbers are an integral part of any suspension system. They ensure a comfortable and safe drive by cushioning your vehicle's constant bouncing caused by the road surface. This means that there are enormous demands placed upon your shock absorbers and you will certainly feel the effects on your handling and steering if they're worn.
Shock absorbers directly impact your safety, so you must look out for any signs of a faulty part and book a free check with a suspension specialist as soon as you notice a problem.
There are plenty of common warning signs that can indicate a suspension problem. These include:
Shock absorbers wear naturally over time but neglect can also cause them to fail suddenly. To maximise their lifespan, we recommend driving sensibly and booking regular car maintenance.
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When a car is moving over rough or uneven surfaces, shock absorbers absorb the energy from the springs. This helps to stop the car from bouncing or vibrating too much. It also ensures that the tyres are always in contact with the road surface.
Shock absorbers act like oil pumps to control the unwanted motions of a moving vehicle. They contain hydraulic fluid which is driven by a piston to slow down the movement of the spring.
Shock absorbers are also 'velocity sensitive'. This means the faster the suspension system moves, the more resistance they provide to absorb all the vibrations caused by the road surface.
On average, a shock absorber replacement takes between 1 1/2 and 4 hours. This depends on the type of suspension system your vehicle uses and how many shock absorbers need changing.
A standalone shock absorber is relatively simple to repair or replace as it is easy to remove. However, a strut shock absorber is more complicated and harder to change.
Once a technician has inspected your vehicle, they can provide a more accurate time estimate.
The average UK shock absorber replacement costs around £350 - £400, but prices can range from £200 to £600. This depends on your vehicle's make and model.
If your suspension mounts also need replacing, which is quite likely, the repair cost will be a little more expensive.
Your suspension works hard while you're driving along, so it can easily suffer damage. Natural wear and tear is one cause of shock absorber problems, but they can also be damaged by the following:
If you have noticed a problem with your car and think your shock absorbers are to blame, book a suspension check with a local specialist.
Yes, you often need to replace shock absorbers in pairs. Doing so prevents them from wearing unevenly and ensures your car doesn't suffer from a lack of performance.
For this reason, many garages will recommend replacing both shock absorbers even if only one is worn.