How Long Do Shocks Last?

The vehicle's suspension system is vital to the overall quality of your drive. It helps to absorb shock when you drive over uneven surfaces and ensure that your ride is always smooth. The shock absorbers are a small, yet effective component within this system and their job is specifically to divert and absorb shock (hence their name!).

Since the shocks are constantly under a lot of stress, they tend to wear down over time. They typically need to be replaced after a certain mileage, but how long they last will depend upon a number of factors. Some of these factors include the make and model of your vehicle, your car's age, and your own individual driving habits. 

So, long do shocks really last? While the answer varies, the life of your shocks may last anywhere between 50,000 - 80,000 miles. The average mileage for shock replacement is around 60,000 miles. Referring to your vehicle's owner's manual can be a great source for understanding what your vehicle's manufacturer recommends in terms of when to have the shocks replaced. However, there are also some symptoms that can indicate you need new shocks which include the following: 

  • Shaking at high speeds
  • Car tips to one side when turning
  • Rear-end squats when accelerating 
  • Tires bounce excessively
  • Excessive or unusual tire wear
  • Leaking fluid around shocks or struts

If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to replace your shocks. If you suspect you need shock absorber replacement, we recommend bringing your vehicle into the experts here at AC Auto Service Center for an inspection. 

When you need shock or strut repair, give us a call or stop by today!