How Do I Know My Car Needs New Shocks and Struts?

Reader Question I am curious about the suspension of a Ford Escort LX 1997. If I am feeling
the bumps a little too strong and quickly. Would that be the shocks or tires too low (needing air maybe) I will check that out. Or should I replace the shocks on the car? Thanks, Glo

Hi there Glo

It could be worn out shocks and struts. Your local mechanic can do a “bounce test” usually for free, to see if you are due for their replacement. Good rule of thumb is : shocks and struts usually are due for replacing at 80,000 miles BUT driving with worn struts and shocks will NOT hurt the vehicle, it will just make the ride a little more bouncy that before. So you have to weigh the cost.

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