How Often to Get Strut and Shock Replacement

Auto experts suggest replacing your car’s shocks and struts every 50,000 to 100,000 miles that you drive in San Francisco. However, that’s just a general recommendation. Like all auto parts and components, shock replacement and strut replacement must follow a maintenance schedule specific to your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for details on strut and shock maintenance in your BMW model, and read the guide below to learn more about when it’s time for strut and shock repair and shock replacement in San Jose.

What Are Shocks and Struts?

Your car’s suspension system keeps you moving smoothly, and ensures stable contact between your tires and the road. Shocks and struts are parts within the suspension system that perform the same basic job of reducing shock and stopping your car from bouncing. But even though they have the same function, shocks and struts are completely different parts.

So what’s the difference? A strut is a structural component of the suspension system, and is also a crucial part of the steering system. Struts also impact alignment, because camber and caster angles are typically adjusted along with them. A shock simply absorbs shock: it’s not a structural component, and doesn’t impact alignment.

Shock and Struts Warning Signs

How often should you replace shocks and struts? Driving habits may have a significant impact on the lifespan of your shocks and struts. For instance, driving bumpy terrain or unpaved roads adds up to lots of extra stress on your car’s suspension system. You may notice a few signs that your shocks and struts are no longer performing like they should. Look out for the following signs that it’s time for shock replacement or strut replacement:

  • Handling is poor
  • Steering feels stiff
  • Your car leans or sways during lane changes and turns
  • Excessively bumpy ride
  • Braking performance is unstable

Strut and Shock Maintenance Tips

Follow these car-care tips to extend the lifespan of suspension system parts like shocks and struts:

  • Sometimes, damage to your shocks and trust is minor and can be repaired. Regular visual inspections are a key part of strut and shock maintenance. If repairs are in order, schedule suspension repair service at our BMW certified service center near Dublin.
  • You may be able to catch warning signs early so that your vehicle requires shock replacement and strut replacement less often.

Find BMW Suspension Repair Service in Pleasanton

Learn more about caring for your BMW with the expert technicians at East Bay BMW. We’re happy to speak with you about extending the lifespan of your brakes and tires, or where to get a BMW oil change. Connect with us to learn more today!

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