Risk of damper wear
Regular testing of dampers? That's not routine for many drivers. With serious consequences: Recent analyses have shown that in Germany, approx. one in seven tested vehicles has at least one defective damper.
For cars with either worn or defective shocks, including cars with an electronically adjustable chassis, there are various risks: The stopping distance becomes longer because the car's road contact is no longer optimally ensured. Many electronic advanced driver assistance systems – such as the ESP electronic stability program, ABS or traction control – require good contact of the wheels with the road to be able to develop their full potential. This therefore means that the more electronic safety systems are installed in the car, the more important is the full performance of the dampers. That's why maintenance and regular inspections of dampers are important.