Published on August 26, 2016 by Jeffry Gardner
It takes more than brakes: The importance of suspension when stopping
We all know that brakes are the most important component of your vehicle when it comes to stopping its forward progress. But did you know that a car with worn suspension components can take significantly longer to stop than a car with new ones?
Specifically, the shocks and/or struts on your car play a huge role when it comes to braking. A worn strut will allow ‘nose dive’ in the front when stopping, which shifts the center of gravity forward and makes the vehicle more difficult to stop, swerve, or control your vehicle in an emergency maneuver:
In addition to the stopping distance factor, worn shocks and struts can wear your tires unevenly. A worn component like that does not provide consistent downward pressure on the tire and wheel assembly which allows it to ‘bounce’ off the road and not maintain consistent rubber-to-road contact. This uneven contact results in ‘scalloping’ or ‘cupping’ of the tires.
Most manufacturers recommend replacing these components at 50,000 miles for original equipment. Stop by your preferred store to have them perform a free inspection. Throughout September and October, Monroe Shocks and Struts are on sale with a ‘Buy 3 and Get 1 Free’ special – see associate for details.
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