Your ride comfort depends a lot upon the original shocks or struts that were installed at the factory. While they serve the same role, they are completely different parts. Your GM car, SUV, or pickup came with one or the other. The difference between the two? Shocks are independent parts of your steering and suspension system, while struts are integrated element.
What Shocks and Struts Do
Both shocks and struts control the activity of the suspension system's springs. That limits the amount of body roll that your vehicle experiences on turns. They also help maintain your wheel alignment, which improves your tire's grip on the road. That matters, since that leads to better braking and handling, as well as an improved sense of control.
Signs of Failing Shocks or Struts
Eventually, though, shocks and struts can begin to go bad. If you experience any of the following, have your vehicle checked as soon as you can:
- Your ride becomes bumpier than usual
- Your suspension bottoms out when you back out of the driveway
- Your vehicle pulls to the side when you brake
- Greasy film on the parts
Driving on bad shocks and struts is extremely unsafe, not to mention the fact that it's also uncomfortable. The good news is that the signs usually show up fairly early, giving you time to fix the problem before it gets too serious. When it is time to replace your shocks or struts, make sure to use the high-quality GM shocks or struts that were made for your model. They're guaranteed to fit and perform right out of the box, adding to your peace of mind. Our online auto parts center has plenty in stock and ready to ship. Buy now to save both time and money!
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