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How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?


Most drivers are unaware of how important shock absorbers are to the vehicle's overall safety. Like all other parts of the motor system, shocks (including struts), can deteriorate over time. To identify malfunctioning shock absorbers and safeguard your car's safety, you must be aware of the shock absorbers’ lifespan and when they should be replaced.


What Are Shock Absorbers?

Shock absorbers are suspension components that govern the wheel's bouncing. Their primary function is to reduce the vehicle's motion and keep it from bouncing on its suspension springs when driving. But whether your vehicle is moving or not, shock absorbers, even struts, still operate. As a result, they can degrade very quickly.


Shock Absorbers: how long can they last?

Shock absorbers have a life expectancy of around 4 to 6 years. However, it is dependent on the state of the roads on which you mostly travel. If you usually drive your vehicle on smooth and level roads, they can last up to ten years. Likewise, if you mainly drive your vehicle on rougher roads with potholes, it might be less than 5 years.


Some people use mileage to monitor the condition of shock absorbers and struts. A vehicle's shock absorbers should last at least 50,000 miles (80,000 km) before they need to be replaced, according to the rule of thumb. But in some cases, it can still be difficult to give a precise figure if you only drive on flat, level roads.


So, what is the average lifespan of shock absorbers? Either 5 years or 50,000 miles is the standard number. But as we mentioned, depending on the state of the roads, it may be more or less. Struts assemblies follow the same rule.


How to Test Your Vehicle's Shock Absorbers?


Still not sure of the condition of your vehicle's shock absorbers? Test your shock absorbers by pressing down on each corner of your vehicle and see how it bounces. The car should rise and return to its resting position. If it continues to bounce, the shock absorbers should be replaced, which we'd be happy to assist you with at RM Automotive in Northridge, CA. Call us at (818) 477-4999 or stop by today!