Jeep Shock and Strut Maintenance in Elk Point

May 23,2022

Fall has arrived in Alberta and winter and its harsh conditions are on the way. Make sure your Jeep's shocks and struts are in tip-top condition before the bad weather hits.

Here are five warning signs that your shocks and struts need a tune-up from St. Paul Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram's Service Department:

  1. Reduced Stopping Ability
    When your shocks or struts wear, your  Jeep  will bounce up and down, making it difficult to brake. If your vehicle is taking longer than usual to stop or it is nose-diving when you do, it's time to book an inspection.
  2. Decreased Cornering Control
    If you notice increased body roll when cornering, it could be a sign that your shocks or struts need tuning. Body roll can affect your ability to steer, so it's advisable to have your vehicle's suspension system inspected.
  3. Rougher Ride
    No one likes a rough ride especially a bouncy one and it can impact your ability to control your Jeep. To see how your shocks and struts are functioning, push down firmly on the front or rear of your car. If it moves up and down more than once or twice, this could mean your suspension needs inspecting.
  4. Tire Wear
    When struts or shocks are worn, your tires will wear out faster. If you notice vibrations at higher speeds, look for cupping on your tires, which is a type of scalloped wear pattern. Cupping happens when your car bounces up and down, leaving indented scuff marks on the tires and it means your suspension needs inspecting.
  5. Hydroplaning
    Worn shocks and struts can affect the way your wheels engage with the road, especially when they are slick. If your Jeep is sliding or hydroplaning, get your suspension inspected.

To learn more,  contact  our service experts at St. Paul Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in AB.