How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

The vehicle's suspension system is necessary if you want a smooth, comfortable, and safe ride. The shock absorbers help to (surprise, surprise) absorb shock when you drive over bumpy ground. Vehicle shocks may be hidden, small, and discrete, but they have a huge impact on your ride.


Since shocks are constantly being used and undergo a lot of stress, they wear down and need to be replaced over time. Your manufacturer may have a recommended interval for this service, but how long they last can also depend on a number of various factors including, the make and model of your vehicle, the car's age, and how a driver handles the vehicle on an everyday basis.


So, you may be wondering “how long do they last”. On average, shock absorbers can last anywhere between 50,000 - 80,000 miles. Your car’s owner's manual can be a great reference for understanding when your shocks may need to be replaced. Additionally, you may notice some warning symptoms that indicate you need new shocks:

  • Vibrations at high speeds
  • Vehicle leans to one side when turning
  • Vehicle squats during acceleration 
  • Tires are bouncy
  • Premature and uneven tire wear
  • Leaking fluid around the suspension area

If you catch any of these red flags, it may be time to change your shock absorbers. Fortunately, you can count on the auto experts at European Auto Motors to take care of your suspension service and repairs.


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