Shock absorber is a safety part of the vehicle
- The shock absorber is necessary for maintaining adhesion between the tyres and the ground. The contact with the ground thus passes through the shock absorber.
- Shock absorbers progressively lose their efficiency. With time, the active security of the vehicle deteriorates without the driver necessarily being aware.
- Tired shock absorbers compromise the state of the vital parts of the car, thus affecting security such as: all other organs of suspension, transmission drives shafts, suspension and steering ball joints, steering rack and gear box….
A shock absorber oscillates about 5000 times per kilometre. Record-France recommends that the state of the shock absorber should be checked every 20 000 kms, and they should be changed every 80 000 kms..
The company recommends that shock absorbers be fitted in pairs.
What signs indicate a tired shock absorber ?
Vibrations are fed back to the steering wheel.
The shock absorbers no longer cushion the irregularities of the road surface to their maximum. Road handling thus deteriorates greatly.
When braking, your car dips.
The more the shock absorber is worn, the greater the distance needed to brake whether it be in a straight line or a curve. There is also a greater risk of aquaplaning.
Moreover an imbalance of the shock absorbers between left and right and back and front will cause a loss of road-holding when braking.
Abnormal tyre wear
You notice abnormal tyre wear.
Tyres are worn on different spots. The wheel is no longer continually in contact with the road: the shock absorbers have become ineffective, the tyre rebounds on the road.
Instability in the wind
Your car is affected by side winds.
Worn shock absorbers cause dangerous in the path.
In bends your car drifts.
The shock absorbers are no longer fulfilling their role in maintaining the adhesion between the tyres and the road.
Oil leaks from the shock absorber.
The oil leak is gradual and irreversible.
Your shock absorbers no longer work and it is essential that they are changed without delay.
For passenger safety, when the vehicle is examined for the MOT, any fluid leakage will be subject to rejection.