The shock absorber is like its name. When the tire is driving on the road, the tire absorbs the vibration experienced by the car. This is useful when you are driving on rough roads. In addition, the shock absorber adjusts the spring and suspension of the car so that your tires are always on the ground, whether you park or drive. Without these shock absorbers, driving would be a rather unpleasant and uncomfortable experience.
The shock absorber can be used for a long time, but there is no guarantee that it will not malfunction at some point in the future. When the shock absorber eventually breaks down, a series of symptoms can occur. You may only have one or two symptoms at first, but if you don't change the shock absorber as soon as possible, you may have more symptoms.
The following are the top five symptoms of a bad shock absorber.
First, the steering wheel vibration
There are many components inside the shock absorber, such as piston seals and valves. When these components wear out, fluid will flow out of the valve or seal rather than maintaining a steady flow. This will cause vibration from the steering wheel. If you drive through a pothole, rocky terrain or bumps, the vibration will become more intense.
Second, uneven tire wear
Shock absorbers are all about keeping the tires even and aligned on the road. If the shock absorber is not good, the tire will be uneven. The tires will start to wear unevenly, which will only make your driving experience more inconvenient and drive a lot of bumps.
Third, sharp turn
It is common for drivers to brake on a turn. But if you notice that your car suddenly turns when you do this, then you may have a bad shock absorber. The reason is that the weight of all vehicles is pulled in the opposite direction to the steering wheel.
Fourth, oil spill
The shock absorber has a seal inside to keep the suspension stable. If these seals wear out, the suspension will leak to the shock absorber. You may not notice this leak, then your vehicle will eventually fail after enough shock oil has leaked from the shock absorber. Consider the aforementioned steering wheel vibration as an early warning signal for leakage.
Fifth, the brake distance is extended
A very obvious symptom, a bad shock absorber is a slow brake. When you apply a full pressure to the brake pedal, the brake system takes a few seconds or more to respond. This is a clear indication that your shock absorber is likely to take responsibility. Obviously, you want to solve this problem immediately.