Know what the differences are between shocks and struts on a car or truck from Robbins Nissan.
Shock Absorbers and struts play a critical function on your car, but they are designed in completely unique ways. Both parts are essential to the suspension and how it handles the road below it. The right suspension system helps with the handling and ride quality of your ride, so great shock absorbers and struts can help create the best ride possible. The role shock absorbers have is more of a focused role in the suspension system by just absorbing any bumps in the road. While the struts also mitigate bumps from the road, they also play a larger structural role by bringing support to the vehicle chassis, especially if you're offroading. Both are there to make sure every drive you take is as smooth as the last one, so keeping them in the best condition will benefit you greatly.
The easiest way to identify that your suspension is bad is if the vehicle doesn't seem 100%. These small differences in your vehicle performance can be big indicators of problems. Tiny changes like the car leaning too far while making a turn, your shocks bouncing more than usual over small bumps, or general problems handling of your car are some easy insights that your car may need suspension repair. So pay attention when you go for your next drive, take a moment to see if you notice any differences in your car's performance, and if you notice any issues, our knowledgeable technicians are here to help.
Shocks control the movement of a vehicle's suspension for maximum performance, or more simply put, they absorb any bumps in the road for a smooth ride. This makes them incredibly important for your car because, without them, the vehicle will not be able to handle most bumps in the road. If you are the daring type and love to go offroading, some great shocks can do a lot to make sure you are having a good time. On a sports car, drivers will probably need a stiff suspension for better handling, while owners of a luxury car may want a soft suspension for a pillowy soft ride.
Struts have 2 main functions on your vehicle, like a shock absorber, they help absorb bumps in the road, but they also provide structural support for the suspension. While each part is instrumental to every Sunday cruise taken in your car, struts have a more overarching purpose on the vehicle. Performance struts are aimed to give your vehicle impressive performance at higher speeds, while struts on a Sport Utility Vehicle may be required to balance offroad needs while also giving drivers increased control.
Do you want to know more about what the differences are between shocks and struts on a car or truck? Robbins Nissan is happy to help. Our team of service professionals is happy to assess your car, truck, or SUV to make sure your vehicle is operating at its best. Visit us in person or online to schedule your suspension service appointment today.