How to Check Shocks and Struts in Your Car


one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel today I’m going to show you how to tell
if your shocks or struts are worn out on your car, now in the case of this Dodge
it’s pretty easy to tell that it went out, because when you go over bumps like this, hey,
the whole car just bounces up and down and up and down, but many times it’s not
that easy to tell, so if you drive and say forty or fifty miles an hour, and
your car runs straight, but then when you hit bumps, then you find the steering
wheel starts to shake until it gets not bumpy, the struts are worn then too, or if
you’re backing up and you hear a clunk like this, coming from the back, then you
know that the back struts are worn and clunking, now the last way to check
struts is simple, just go under the wheel well, pick up the top boot on the strut,
and feel inside on the rod, and if your fingers come out oily like this, it means
the seal is wearing out on the Strut and it’s time for a new one, now when I was
young and dinosaurs roamed the earth, suspension systems were easier to check
as most cars had just simple shock absorbers, they did a bolt on the top and
the bottom that held them in place, and to check them on all you had to do is
push on the car, and if it bounced too much it was worn out, but with modern
McPherson struts that most cars use, it’s often more complicated, because the shock
assembly is built inside it, but it has a spring, and even when it’s worn out it
can still not bounce all that bad and that’s why you need to test them fully
like I’m showing you in this video, because worn struts can make your tires
wear out faster, they can affect braking and make it less safe, and they can
certainly affect handling, especially when your cornering, now I’ve been
working on cars the last 47 years if there’s one thing I’ve learned, if you
want your car to ride right, do not go out and buy the cheapest shocks and
struts you can get your hands on, because I’ve had many customers over the years
come to me and say, what’s wrong with my car, and I say your struts are worn out
and then they say well we just had new ones put on last week, and when I check
out what was put on the car, a lot of times they were just cheap Chinese
knockoff, they didn’t work even good as worn out
ones did, so when I do a strut job, I like using these Monroe sensor tracks,
they’re excellent shocks, and at a decent price, and say if you’re not planning on
keeping your car all that long, they also have an economy range of struts you can
use too, but me I kind of keep my cars forever, so I use the sense a tracks, if
your car isn’t riding right because of worn shocks and struts, now you know
what to do about it and remember you got any questions just
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