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What Is the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and struts are components of the suspension system in your car. They work together to control how much your vehicle bounces around while driving over bumps. Shocks are attached to the outside of a vehicle's frame and consist of a piston (or piston/metal cylinder).

When you hit a bump, the piston moves up and down inside its housing; this movement causes hydraulic fluid to flow through small holes called orifices in the side of each canister.

This action slows down how fast the car bounces back up after hitting something hard, which means less shaking for the car.

Struts are also attached to the outside frames but typically have an internal coil spring instead of an internal piston-like shock absorber. Both types need regular maintenance to keep them working.

What Are Shocks Absorbers

Shocks are mechanical devices that dampen the movement of a vehicle's suspension. They control spring movement and suspension movement by dissipating energy through hydraulic fluid or air.

Shocks absorb impact, which helps keep your vehicle stable while driving over bumpy terrain or when there are potholes in the road. It can help prevent damage to other components of your car, such as tires, wheels, and suspension parts.

What Are Struts

They are suspension components that connect the car's body to each wheel. Struts support the car's weight, so no other parts of the suspension have to take on that responsibility.

A strut's ability to move independently of other suspension parts allows the wheels on either side to move up and down independently, giving them more freedom of movement than shock absorbers can offer.

Are Shocks and Struts Different?

Shocks and struts do different things.

  • Shocks are dampers that absorb vibration, keeping the wheels in contact with the road.
  • Struts are suspension components that support the vehicle's weight and control how far it moves up or down when you hit a bump in the road.

If your car rides rough or you hear squeaking noises when driving over bumps, it might be time to call Honest Wrenches for new shocks or struts today!

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