The shock absorber and strut assembly are two of the most important components of your car's suspension system. When both of these components are already damaged, you can expect a tougher time handling your car because the suspension system isn't performing at 100 percent.
Now if you're planning to replace the damaged shocks and strut assembly of your vehicle, here are the things that you have to consider first.
How to shop for a shock absorber
- Most shocks in vehicles have a "twin tube" design while others are "gas charged". On the other hand, some other shocks are "monotube" and they're reserved for high-performance applications. The point is, it's important that you determine the kind of shocks that your car has before you start to buy.
- As a general rule, the OEM manufacturer of the shocks of your car is your best option if you're looking for a replacement. That's because OEM shocks last longer than what their warranty indicates. Now if you plan to bring your vehicle into the race track, brands such as Eibach and Bilstein are solid options as well.
- If in case you're planning to have a mechanic install your brand-new shocks, tell him right away so they he will be able to adjust his service rates.
How to shop for a strut assembly
- When replacing your car's damaged strut assembly, there are two options available for you: a "complete strut assembly" or the "bare strut".
- By replacing the damaged system with a complete strut assembly, you might end up spending more as compared to replacing just one part. Then again, you'll be saving more money in the long run because you won't have to worry about replacing the components individually.
- With a complete strut assembly, you'll be able to replace the worn our springs that you car has been using for a long time.
- With a bare strut, believe it or not, you'll be spending more time during the installation process because you still have to figure out where you put the replacement strut in the entire assembly.
It's important that your car's shocks and strut assembly are in good shape so that handling and steering your vehicle won't be an issue at all. If you really want the best experience as far as your suspension system is concerned, you better be very careful if you're considering buying brand-new shocks and strut assembly.