What is the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

The Difference Between Shocks And Struts


About Shocks And Struts

For starters, they both have the same basic job on a vehicle, which is to absorb all those bumps and abuse that the driver and road can dish out. Giving you a much smoother ride. You can have both shocks and struts on certain vehicle types, but not both on any one wheel. They are also somewhat similar in appearance. Struts will have a spring or coil wrapped around them and shocks will not Other than that they are completely different parts and affect different functions of your vehicle.

Your Struts

Struts are a crucial part of your vehicle's steering and suspension. They also affect the vehicle's alignment. Since they are a part of your vehicle's steering you'll usually find the struts behind the front wheels of your vehicle. Whenever the struts need to be replaced an alignment will also have to be done which is why struts are more expensive to replace than the shocks.

Strut Maintenance

struts should be inspected every 50,000 miles and every 12,000 after that if not replaced. When replacing struts they can be ordered "loaded" which means they come with replacement springs and mounts or just regular to replace various smaller parts associated with them. Loaded is always recommended to ensure the safety of the vehicle and that it continues to run smoothly and perfectly aligned.

Your Shocks

Shocks will absorb bumps and keep your tires in contact with the road. They can be found behind the back tires. They are equipped with a piston filled with gas and oil that helps to better absorb jarring impacts. A valve on the shock helps to slow the movement of the piston when either compressed or extended and is the reason your vehicle doesn't toss you around every time you hit a speed bump or a pothole. But they do more than that.

  • They provide better gas mileage
  • Prevent your vehicle from bottoming out
  • Effect handling and braking as well.

If you suspect that you need shocks or struts replacement, we invite you to give our auto repair shop a call today!