Did you know

worn / inferior

shock absorbers will

increase

braking distances ?

At 80 kmh on an uneven
surface with 50% worn shocks...

Source – TÜV tests

increases

2.6 metres !

your braking distance by

On vehicles fitted with ABS or
ESP this figure can more than

double !

Source – TÜV tests

The function of
shock absorbers

Shock absorbers are critical components of a vehicle’s suspension. They are designed to help control the impact and rebound movement of the vehicle’s springs and suspension. Along with smoothening out bumps and vibrations, the key role of the shock absorber is to ensure the vehicle’s tyres remain in contact with the ground at all times, ensuring the safest control and braking response from your car.

Shock absorbers are generally divided into cylinder shock absorber and strut.  They are similar in function, just different in design.

Shock absorbers are a consumable item, just like tyres, brake pads and engine oil.

Why replace
worn shock absorbers ?

As well as brakes and tyres, shock absorbers are an essential element of your motoring safety. Shock absorbers keep your tyres in contact with the road and without them, your brakes and tyres simply can’t do their job.

There is no substitute for getting your shock absorbers tested through a reputable workshop by a qualified vehicle technician however, there are some clear signs that your shock absorbers are excessively worn. Some things to look out for are fluid leaks, external damage, bush damage, worn mounts and shock absorber weakness.

Worn / Inferior shocks vs New shocks

Experts recommend replacement of shock absorbers at 80,000 km.

Replacing worn or inadequate shocks and struts and thoroughly inspecting the entire suspension system will help to maintain good vehicle safety and control. It is recommended to always replace shock absorbers in pairs.

Worn / Inferior
shock absorbers

New/replacement
shock absorbers

  • Braking Distance

    Increases braking distance from 10% to 20%

  • Swerving

    Vehicle’s bonnet dips or vehicle swerves under braking

  • Roll

    Causes the vehicle to rock/roll on uneven road surfaces

  • Tyres

    Uneven tyre wear

  • Life

    Reduces the lifespan of other suspension components

  • Comfort

    Reduces driving comfort for passengers

  • Safety

    Improves vehicle driving safety

  • Stability

    Improves vehicle stability and handling

  • Suspension

    Reduces wear on other suspension components

  • Tyres

    Better tyre wear

  • Efficiency

    Increases vehicle fuel efficiency

  • Comfort

    Enhances ride comfort

Frequently Asked Questions

Shock absorbers must be replaced in pairs ?

If the vehicle owner only changes one shock absorber then the softness and flexibility of the two shock absorbers are different. Therefore, we suggest you replace shock absorbers in pairs to ensure driving safety and comfort.

How do I know when my shocks absorber need to be replaced?

Determining the wear of tyres, brakes and windscreen wipers is relatively simple and a lot easier than inspecting a shock absorber’s working condition.  We suggest taking your vehicle to your local auto repair shop to be inspected by a trained vehicle technician. The suspension system should be thoroughly inspected every 20,000km and also at the time of tyre and brake services.

How many miles do shock absorbers last ?

Experts recommend replacing shock absorbers every 50,000 miles (80,000 km). Testing has shown that original equipment, gas-charged shock absorbers degrade measurably by 80,000 km.  Replacing these defective shock absorbers can improve the vehicle’s handling characteristics and comfort. The life of a shock absorber can differ greatly depending on the general driving circumstances, such as regional weather conditions, amount and type of road contaminates, driving habits, loading of the vehicle, tyre and wheel modifications and the general mechanical condition of the suspension and tyres.

What will happen if I don’t replace defective shock absorbers ?

Shock absorbers are an integral part of your vehicle’s suspension system. They are used to prevent suspension parts and tyres from wearing out prematurely. If worn, they could jeopardize your ability to stop, steer and maintain stability. They also work to maintain tyre contact with the road and reduce the rate at which vehicle weight transfers among the wheels when negotiating corners or during braking.