How to Troubleshoot a Cadillac Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Whenever your beloved Cadillac runs smoothly on pothole-marked or cracked roads with no asphalt on them, you have your strut assembly and shock absorbers to thank for that convenience. These components absorb the bumps and shocks from holes and lumps on the road, even when you're dealing with dirt roads and whatnot. What's the difference between the two? Struts are shock absorbers that are part of your suspension's structure. Shocks are standalone impact dampeners. With that said, here's how you go about troubleshooting issues with your shocks and struts:
Do a car park test or strut and shock test drive.
Once your car starts making strange noises or lurching in ways that it's not supposed to, then you need to check vehicular mileage. There might be wear and tear on your vehicle's struts and shocks when it has reached 20,000 kilometers or more in terms of mileage. Afterwards, check your shock absorbers for their ability to provide resistance to acceleration squat, brake dive, roll or sway, and bounce with a requisite test drive. Take your Caddie for a short parking lot drive as a mini-test of sorts, checking how the car reacts whenever you brake, turn, swerve, and do maneuvers. Does it sway, roll, squat, bounce, or dive? If it did, there might be an issue with your dampeners.
Check for tire wear down.
Among the symptoms that your suspension's shocks and struts aren't up to par are worn-down wheels or tires that have gone "bald" faster than they should. If there are unusual wear patterns on your front and rear tires, particularly uneven tread wear (like cupping), then this is an indication that your shocks and struts have been damaged or compromised. There are also other problems that could happen to your tires indicating dysfunctional shocks and struts such as the presence of nails, dry rot, and ply separation. Check the size and construction type of each tire as well. They should be the same size from side to side plus they should feature the same tread pattern.
Inspect the upper strut mount and shocks.
It's not enough that you check for symptoms of bad strut and shock. You need to take a look at the struts and mounts themselves for good measure. A defective mount for the upper strut tends to make noise, binds steering, or change the position of the upper end of the strut in question, which in turn affects the alignment angles of your wheel. Do a test drive on the road to confirm the symptoms and whether or not a mechanical check is in order. Meanwhile, in terms of shock absorber inspection, it's all about getting your Cadillac to shop and putting the weight on the wheels.
Have a professional take a look at everything.
Have a mechanic take a look at your car to confirm your suspicions of shock and/or strut destruction. It's only at an auto repair shop can you hoist your vehicle up so that you can rotate your steering wheel from stop to stop while listening for binding or noise, which indicates a defective bearing. It's also at the mechanic's garage that you two could inspect the strut mount's rubber portions for separation of the rubber from the steel or the presence of cracks. The repairman will also take note of the strut piston rod's position and notice any change in the mount assembly (prior to making a quote on the repair bill).
Pro Comp Shock Absorbers and Strut Assembly
Shock Absorbers and Strut Assemblies by Pro Comp can always be relied upon to provide both unparalleled robustness and durability when on the road. Built to OEM specifications, they will surely fit any vehicle without any problem. The twin-tube build of the shocks provide additional protection against debris and other hazards, while a nylon-banded full-displacement piston head and double-welded shock mounts ensure extra strength. The piston rod is chrome-hardened to give it exceptional corrosion resistance and a long life. These are some of the traits that make the product perfect for off-roaders and trekkers. The products are sold individually and each one comes with a lifetime Pro Comp warranty.
KYB Shock Absorbers and Strut Assembly
When old shock absorbers and strut assemblies are starting to fail, replacements from KYB can be depended upon to restore a vehicle's handling and control. They are made to original equipment manufacturer specifications to ensure a direct fit for various vehicles. The twin-tube design of the shocks affords it a significant amount of protection against damage that could knock out other single tube shocks. Whether for performance driving on the track or normal driving to the office or the store, the shocks and struts will handle any situation that will come their way. All KYB shock absorbers and struts are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Sachs Shock Absorbers and Strut Assembly
Sachs shock absorbers and strut assembly promises the best in performance suspension. Made to OEM standards, the shocks and struts promise uncompromised driving safety and comfort. The product features gas shock absorbers which provide improved handling, cornering and load carrying capabilities. Compared to their hydraulic counterparts, they are less prone to overheating, a condition that could significantly hamper performance. The twin-tube shocks are exceptionally durable and more than capable of handling more than a few bumps on the road. Installation shouldn't be much of a problem since they are also made to fit a variety of vehicles. All products are sold individually.