Winter Shock Absorber Check
As you know, shock absorbers play vital roles in helping to maintain firm contact between a vehicle’s tyres and the road surface under all driving conditions, including the potentially dangerous winter driving conditions experienced across Australia. When shock absorbers are worn, they allow the tyres to bounce away and lose contact with the road surface, causing sudden traction loss.
Many motorists check their tyres leading into the Winter months to ensure that they have adequate tread depth, but if the tyre isn’t maintaining contact with the road, it cannot do its job. Any loss of contact between the tyre and the road can severely affect braking and steering response, which are compounded by wet or icy road conditions during the winter months.
In addition to helping a vehicle stop sooner, shock absorbers interact with other undercar components to provide safe steering performance and vehicle stability. Shock absorbers control the transfer of vehicle weight from side to side around corners and from the rear to the front under hard braking. Excessive weight transfer, particularly when cornering or under emergency braking, increases the vehicle roll rate and can potentially lead to an accident.
Like most steering and suspension components, shock absorbers and struts degrade at varying rates based on the type of driving, the vehicle loads, road conditions and other factors. Because this wear can occur quite gradually and is often difficult to notice, Monroe recommends that shock absorbers and struts be inspected by a professional technician as an integral part of every service, tyre or brake replacement and during wheel alignment work. Shock absorbers should be checked every 20,000 kilometres and replaced after 80,000 kilometres of service. Find out more and access online video training for your technicians at the Monroe Australia website – www.monroe.com.au