Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts

Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts

Your vehicle’s suspension system has some pretty big jobs to do. It’s responsible for maintaining steering control, providing good handling, and keeping friction between the tires and the road. When your shocks or struts are worn out, you’ll feel the difference, even if you don’t know what’s going on. If you’ve noticed any of the following warning signs, get your vehicle to an automotive mechanic right away.

Nose Dives and Squatting

Pay particular attention to how your car behaves when you brake. Does the front end dip down? And when you accelerate, does the rear end do an abnormal “squat?” These are both potential indicators of worn-out shocks or struts.


Another way to test your suspension system is the bounce test. Park your car and walk around to the hood. Push down firmly on the front end, and then release. It should only take one or two bounces for the front end to settle down. If it bounces a few times, it requires a mechanic’s attention. Do the same to the rear end of your car.


It’s normal to notice a little vibration in the steering wheel when you’re driving over a particularly uneven surface. But there could be a problem if your steering wheel continues to vibrate, even when you drive on an even surface. Be careful when driving at faster speeds, as your ability to properly control the car may be adversely affected.

Shaking and Rattling

Have you noticed that you’re feeling every little bump and dip in the road lately? A malfunctioning suspension system will no longer be able to give you a smooth ride. This problem isn’t just a matter of comfort. Unless you have a technician repair it , the excessive pressure on other parts of the vehicle may lead to additional mechanical problems.

Think you might have a malfunctioning suspension system? Bring your car to Elk Mountain Automotive in Steamboat Springs, CO. You can call their office for an appointment at (970) 870-1871.