When Chicago drivers think about shocks struts they don’t consider them part of a preventive maintenance schedule, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids or brakes. We normally do not think about our shocks struts, but these auto parts keep our tires on the road.

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Chicago drivers don’t consider shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts should last a long time and wear out slowly. They don’t need to be checked as often as normal wear parts or brake pads or air filters. When your vehicle has fifty thousand miles on them, the shock and struts performance will have noticeable degraded. If you want to restore the handling and ride like it was new for your vehicle, replacing your shocks and struts is a good start.



If you drive off-road, around Chicago, carry heavy loads, tow a trailer, or put in a lot of mileage on poor driving surfaces, your shocks or struts will wear out more quickly. You’ll need to replace them more often or upgrade to better shocks for heavier hauling.

Your suspension system uses springs and shocks to absorb the “shocks” and vibrations of driving over rough road surfaces. Springs support the vehicle’s weight, suspending it above the axles so the body of the vehicle is protected from most of the bumps on the road surface. Shocks control the bounciness of the springs by moderating rebound. They also push your tires down onto the road’s surface, maximizing traction. Without shocks, your wheels would bounce over bumps and lift up against curbs and corners. Shocks are important to the safe handling of your vehicle as well as a comfortable ride. Struts are a combination shock and spring in one unit.

Worn shocks result in lowered vehicle handling performance. If your vehicle “squirms” around corners or gets “bouncy” over bumps, then you need to have your shocks checked. If the rear end of your vehicle squats while accelerating, the front end dips while braking, or one corner sags, you probably need new shocks.

If you’re unsure whether you need new shocks, or if you’re considering upgrading to a higher quality shock, then consult with your friendly and knowledgeable Triangle Auto Service service advisor. We will give you auto advice on the condition of your shocks and how to match your driving needs to the quality of your shocks.

At Triangle Auto Service we know good car care is essential to the safety, performance and efficiency of your vehicle. It can improve the comfort of your ride as well.

Triangle Auto Service
4060 N. Elston
Chicago, Illinois 60618