After many years and tens of thousands of miles, Ukiah residents' suspension system components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive in Ukiah.
As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Ca 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 Ukiah and San Francisco. 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 , hitting a curb or a rock in a bumpy Ukiah road.
Signs for Ukiah residents that shocks or struts are wearing out: The vehicle tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. Ukiah residents 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 West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah 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 Ukiah residents should take care of these things.
When Ukiah 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 your friendly and knowledgeable West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor 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.