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When Should You Replace Your Vehicle’s Shocks and Struts?

After time your vehicle’s shocks and struts will wear out and should be replaced in order to avoid a larger repair bill and for your safety.  It is important to change your shocks and struts because they provide vehicle stability and control. Here at TGK Automotive we recommend you change your shocks and struts every 50,000 – 60,000 miles.

Here are a couple signs that you might need to replace your vehicles shocks and struts.

Uneven Tire Wear or Cupping
If your tires are wearing unevenly or are cupping, then it may be a sign of bad shocks and struts.  Cupping is when the tires bounce and it causes the tires to wear unevenly.

Excessive Bouncing
When driving over a bump or a rough surface you might notice that your vehicle is excessively bouncy.  You might also notice your vehicle bottoming out frequently.

Excessive Lean
If your vehicle is drastically leaning to one side when you make a turn, then you may need to replace your shocks and struts.  Your vehicle will be less stable and extremely dangerous when towing heavy loads or driving in strong winds.

Nose Diving
You might notice that when you press hard on the brake pedal that your vehicle dips in the front.  This reduces rear brake performance and the traction is reduced.

Fluid Leaking
If you notice fluid leaking from your shocks and struts a seal might be leaking.  This can affect the shocks and struts ability to  control the vehicle.

Schedule your appointment today at either one of our locations to have your shocks and struts replaced by one of our ASE certified technicians!
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Maplewood – (651) 489-9455
1728 Rice St.
Maplewood, MN 55113

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5241 130th St. N.
Hugo, MN 55038