As with all wear parts in cars, shock absorbers are products of attrition and their service life is limited. During its life, a car shock absorber increasingly loses damping force. Drivers usually do not notice the wearing process in shock absorbers because they get used to the change in handling for their vehicle as time goes by. Only the workshop can therefore check a car's shock absorbers and reliably detect any defects.
But when is the right time to change your shock absorbers? You should replace the vibration dampers immediately if the check shows up defects, as this means that the shock absorber is at the end of its service life. This is the only way to prevent safety risks and high follow-up costs. This is because, in addition to impairing driver safety due to extended braking distances, malfunctions in the ABS and other vehicle dynamics systems as well as an increased tendency for the vehicle to swerve, worn shock absorbers also cause premature wear in numerous other vehicle parts. This includes, in particular, the tires, springs, and chassis and steering parts. If you can replace defective shock absorbers in good time, you not only reestablish the safety of the vehicle, but you also prevent costly follow-up repairs. Generally, correctly installing shock absorbers is routine work for a workshop. Despite this, you must pay attention to some important details.