After many years and tens of thousands of miles, Evanston, Skokie and other residents’ suspension system components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive in your area.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth IL highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads between Evanston and Chicago. In addition to just wearing out, vehicle suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole on a local street, hitting a curb or a rock on a bumpy road.

Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, Doc Able’s Auto Clinic, Inc. recommends periodic inspections. During an inspection, your friendly and knowledgeable Doc Able’s Auto Clinic technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts.

Signs that your shocks or struts are wearing out: The vehicle tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. Also, you may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your vehicle dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come see us at Doc Able’s Auto Clinic, Inc. in Evanston for a suspension inspection. Same if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your vehicle wheels. Worn or broken shocks can cause premature wear or failure on other suspension parts such as ball joints and other steering components as well. If your vehicle suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so Evanston, Skokie and other residents should take care of these things.

When Evanston, Skokie or other residents replace their vehicle shocks, it’s usually to replace all four at the same time. That’ll provide more even handling. Be sure to let your friendly and knowledgeable Doc Able’s Auto Clinic, Inc. service advisor know you need this work because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet.

Give us a call or schedule your appointment online,

Doc Able’s Auto Clinic, Inc.
936 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

At Doc Able’s Auto Clinic, Inc. we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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