What Can Happen If You Drive with Bad Shocks & Struts?

Driving with worn suspension parts, including shocks and struts, is not only unsettling, but it can cause a horrific car accident. Your vehicle will shake and bounce uncontrollably and be embarrassing to say the least. Here are some of the situations that can occur if you continue to drive with poor suspension:

Lose Control Over Dips and Bumps

Old shocks and struts can make driving over bumps a nightmare. You might "fly" over speed bumps, no matter how slow you drive. Furthermore, you may also get random vibrations from your wheels and ultimately lose control of your vehicle.

Less Effective Anti-Lock Braking System 

If your suspension is worn, it may have a hard time triggering your ABS to engage. And if it does, it won't be as effective. This can be especially dangerous if you need to brake abruptly.

Problems Maneuvering and Turning Car

Worn-out shocks and struts will prevent your car from gaining proper traction; therefore, you may end up heavily gripping the steering wheel to make turns. Additionally, your steering wheel will likewise shake.

Uneven Tire Wear

Since bad shocks and struts make it more difficult for your vehicle to grip the road, your tire tread may be uneven. Some experts describe its look as cupping, and it is usually irreversible. As a result, you will have to replace your tires sooner than expected. 

Damage to Other Car Components

If your suspension parts are no longer effective, it can put more pressure on other parts of your car. The ball joints, tires, steering pump, and more can wear down quicker or even stop working. 


If your vehicle feels unstable due to worn shocks and struts, please bring your car to the auto experts at South Denver Automotive for suspension replacement.

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