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When to replace shock absorbers

Shock absorbers are one of the most critical components of your suspension system. Responsible for the smooth control and handling of your vehicle, your shock absorbers help to ensure a controlled ride.

In order to maintain optimum traction and safety, it’s important to know when to replace your shock absorbers.

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Signs your shock absorbers need replacing

Shock absorbers can become worn or problematic on a number of occasions. Over time, they naturally wear down, reducing the motion of the wheel. Other problems can arise when the seals wear over time, causing fluid or gas leaks or when small metal wear particles cause valves to stick or leak internal pressure - reducing the damping effectiveness.

These are the most common signs that your shock absorbers may need replacing:

  • You notice a bouncing or wallowing sensation as if your shock absorbers aren’t able to slow down the movement of the springs effectively (particularly noticeable over speed bumps)

  • Your tyres are wearing unevenly, particularly in a scalloping pattern.

One of the best ways to tell if your shock absorbers need replacing is to book a steering, suspension & brake service. Our experienced team perform thorough assessments and report back with the exact condition of your shock absorbers.

Can I replace shock absorbers on my own?

We always recommend any shock absorber replacement be undertaken by a trained, competent and certified person so that manufacturers instructions and safe work method statements are followed properly when working on any type of vehicle.

Our team has performed countless shock absorber repairs and can confidently advise you when your shock absorbers need replacing. From 4WD to truck shock absorbers, we provide our services Australia-wide. So, look for the Big Wheels near you and book in today!

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