While the function of shocks and struts is very similar, the biggest difference is in how they mount to your vehicle. Shocks function in addition to other suspension components, while struts are designed as a pivot point for the steering mechanism. Struts behave as a dampening device that absorbs excessive bounce. The strut assembly combines coil springs, spring seats, strut bearings, and shock absorbers into one working unit. The steering arm or steering knuckle is also included in some strut designs. Struts use a piston to absorb high lateral loads. The spring seat and strut bearing allow the shock to pivot with the front wheels and the steering mechanism. Struts and accompanying suspension components help push tires back into place when one leaves the road. Overall, struts work in conjunction with the rest of the suspension system to help stabilize the vehicle while maintaining a comfortable and safe ride.
Worn struts increase braking distance and increase body roll, sway, and bounce rate. The bounce test, wherein you bounce on each corner of your vehicle a few times, is a good way to determine whether or not you need to schedule a strut replacement. If your vehicle bounces and settles, your struts are operating as they should. If your vehicle continues to bounce, you should seek to replace the struts on your suspension system as soon as possible. Other signs that your struts need to be replaced include excessive brake dive, acceleration squat, body roll or sway, and unusual tire wear patterns. Unusual noise from struts may also indicate that the spring seat or strut bearing requires a replacement. If you experience any of the above signs of worn struts, contact us immediately. Having your struts replaced will improve braking, handling, and the overall controllability of your vehicle.
We proudly service the Struts Replacement needs of customers in Carthage, MO, Joplin, MO, Springfield, MO, and surrounding areas.
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Drive over to Jackson Tire of Carthage whenever your vehicle needs replacement tires, scheduled maintenance, or auto repair services. For over 25 years, we've been attending to the automotive service needs of families, farmers, and fleet managers across Carthage, MO, Joplin, MO, Springfield, MO, and surrounding areas. See us for new car tires, light truck tires, commercial truck tires, farm tractor tires, and more. As your local Napa AutoCare Center, our technicians provide professional repairs each and every time. In addition to tire installation, see us for an oil change, wheel alignment, road force balancing, MO state inspection, engine diagnostic, and so much more. Use our website to shop for tires online, and learn more about the many automotive services we provide.