How Do I Know If My Honda's Shocks & Struts Are Bad?

Shocks and struts are important parts of your Honda’s suspension system. As you drive, the shocks and struts absorb movement from the road which helps your ride to be smooth. When the shocks and struts aren’t working properly, you’ll notice that you feel every bump in the road and your vehicle bounces excessively after driving over speed bumps or potholes.

The shock absorber is a hydraulic component that dampens shock impulses. This is done by converting the kinetic energy of the shock into another energy, which is then dissipated. The struts are actually a structural part of your vehicle’s suspension system and are mounted to the chassis of your car. This is where the coil spring is mounted, which you may have noticed when looking at your car’s suspension system.

Shocks and struts work under a large amount of heat and pressure, which is why they tend to start wearing down after a certain amount of time. The typical lifespan for shocks and struts is around 50,000 - 60,000 miles but can vary depending on a number of different factors such as your individual driving habits and the quality of the parts installed.

Signs that can indicate you have worn shocks and struts include the following:

  • You notice your vehicle vibrates or is bumpy at high speeds
  • Steering feels wobbly especially when turning
  • Vehicle nose-dives when braking
  • Back-end of vehicle lowers when accelerating
  • Your vehicle bounces excessively when driving over bumps or road debris, and you may hear a clunking noise
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Leaking fluid around tire/wheel area

If you begin experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you’ll know that something is wrong with your Honda’s shocks and struts. This is when it’s time to bring your vehicle into the experts here at Oceanworks Berkeley in Berkeley, CA.

Shocks and struts wear down progressively, so the longer you wait to have them repaired, the less effective they will become. These components directly affect other parts too, like your vehicle’s tires and suspension system, which can be damaged if you’re driving with really bad shocks and struts. The quicker you have them replaced here at our shop, the less money you’ll spend and the better off the rest of your vehicle will be!

If you need Honda shocks and struts repair in Berkeley, CA, we invite you into the professionals here at Oceanworks Berkeley. Give us a call or stop by our shop today!

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