By Nnamdi Ikeh-Akabogu (FRSCN)
Shock absorbers are safety devices often neglected that aid in keeping your tyres in contact with the road at all times.
Springs cushion a vehicle’s ride, but without shock absorbers to dampen the springs’ compression and expansion, a vehicle would keep bouncing after riding over rough streets or sinking into potholes.
Functions of Shocks:
– Shock absorbers keep your car’s tires flat against the surface of the road, providing even pressure so the tread wear remains consistent.
– It absorbs vertical up-and-down impacts and movements for the rear axle and front-end suspension.
– Without shock absorbers, the vehicle’s ride would be noticeably rough and jarring, causing other components to wear much faster than normal…
SIGNS OF A BAD SHOCK ABSORBER:
– Shock Height:
All sides of the vehicle should remain within a few inches of each other if the tyres have the exact pressure and the front end suspension parts have no damage or wear.
Any noticeable deviation in height can indicate a weakened or leaking shock tube.
– Excessive Bouncing:
Excessive bouncing or rebounding when the vehicle rolls over driveway lips or bumps can point to shocks that have lost their dampening effect.
Any visual leaks around the shock body tube, either at the top or body of the shock, indicate that the seals have worn or split. As a result, there is a loss in hydraulic fluid, and all dampening effect has disappeared.
– Undercarriage Noises:
Loud clanking or knocking noises coming from the undercarriage, when driving over bumps or curves, may indicate a broken shock mount.
– Tyre Wear:
Worn shocks cannot keep the tires firmly planted on the road surface.
– Excess Lean and Suspension Noise:
If the vehicle leans excessively into a tight or gradual turn, this means the shock cannot maintain its height and has lost the ability to carry the frame’s load.
The traffic expert is DCC Nnamdi Ikeh-Akabogu, DCC Morning and Evaluation (M&E), Special Duties and External Relations (SEDER), FRCC HQ, AbujaBEWARE All Rights Reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without prior express written permission from Juliana Francis