Shocks vs. Struts | Hendersonville NC | Near Asheville, Waynesville & Spartanburg

As you're probably already aware, your vehicle has parts called shocks and struts, but have you ever been curious about what they actually are and what they do? Many people don't know the difference between them, so we're taking this opportunity to explain their purpose. Both shocks and struts help keep your vehicle balanced and provide a smooth ride. In addition, they affect your car's handling capabilities. However, not all vehicles have both shocks and struts. To find out more about these fundamental parts of your vehicle, keep reading.

What do shocks do?

Even though they're not a structural part of the suspension, shocks are still important to your vehicle. They make riding in modern vehicles more comfortable and give the driver more control by limiting the bounce created from the residual movement in the springs.

What do struts do?

Technically, struts are part of the suspension and the steering systems. They essentially do a similar job as shocks and are partially responsible for moving the wheels when the driver turns the steering wheel. Normally, they're simpler to install and remove than shocks.

How often should they be serviced?

Research suggests that shocks and struts should be replaced around the 50,000-mile mark. If, however, you notice signs of wear including poor steering response, excessive vehicle bounce or uneven tire wear, it may be time to replace them. As always, it's important to check with our expert technicians for advice on your shocks or struts.

If you'd like to learn more about shocks and struts or need to schedule service with us, contact us or stop by our dealership at 1340 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792. We look forward to serving our customers from Hendersonville, NC, and throughout Asheville, Waynesville and Spartanburg.

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