Mazda is well known for the ride quality of their cars. It’s all thanks to Mazda’s superior shocks.
If you’re a Mazda owner who wants to maintain your car’s ride quality, it’s a good idea to learn a little bit about what shocks are.
What are Shocks?
Shocks are hydraulic cylinders attached to the body (or frame) and the suspension arm (or axle). Shocks keep your tires from bouncing, and they help you maintain control of your car. They achieve this by absorbing the vibrations and jolts from the tires’ contact with the road.
How Shocks Keep Your Ride Safe and Comfortable
One end of the shock is directly connected to the body or the frame of your car (depending on which model you have). The other end of the shock is connected to the front or rear a-arm or axle. Most vehicles have shocks at the rear of the vehicle, and struts at the front. But there are many configurations of shocks/struts on the market.
The shocks don’t bear any of the vehicle’s weight. They’re solely dedicated to absorbing the bumps, vibrations, and jolts caused by the road just so you don’t have to feel it. If the ride gets bumpy enough, the shocks let you maintain control of your car. Without shocks, your car would be bouncing all over the place.
What Happens When Your Shocks Fail
Shocks are extremely sturdy, but like all car parts, they wear out over time. The average lifespan of a good set of shocks (like OEM Mazda shocks) is 50,000 miles.
When one of your shocks finally gives out, your car’s ride quality will be drastically reduced. You will also have less control over your vehicle, which can be quite dangerous.
The Most Common Symptoms of Worn Out Shocks
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Once your car hits 50K miles, be sure to keep an eye out for the following symptoms of a bad shock:
- Constantly having to correct your car, even in mild winds
- Uneven wear on your tires
- Rougher ride than usual (rocking, rattling, and rolling)
- Excessive vibration in the steering wheel
- Longer braking distance
- The front end of your car dipping noticeably when the brakes are applied
If you suspect that one of your shocks has gone bad, it’s time to give your car the bounce test with this tutorial.
What to Do if One of Your Shocks is Bad
A broken shock needs to be replaced as soon as possible. With the right tools and a good set of instructions like this one, you should be able to replace your shocks in a matter of an hour or so. To keep your car’s alignment optimal, you should replace your shocks in pairs.
Keep in mind that before starting the project, you’ll have to order a pair of OEM replacement shocks. We offer 100% genuine OEM shocks at great prices. Check them out here!