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Shocks vs. struts? What’s that? A battle of the bands? A heavyweight boxing match?
Shocks and struts are essential components of your car’s suspension system. The suspension system smooths the ride and makes the car easier to handle by:
To perform properly and keep you rolling along, the suspension system needs shocks and/or struts. So that brings us back to shocks vs. struts. What’s the difference between shocks and struts? Are shocks and struts the same thing?
Sometimes when you read articles about the suspension system, or hear mechanics talk about shocks vs. struts, the subject of springs may come up. Springs and shock/struts work together. A spring — whether it’s a coil, leaf, air, or torsion bar — holds the car at the desired height, while shocks and struts dampen the oscillations — or ups and downs — of the springs.
Coilovers are also a popular topic. What is a coilover, and does it have anything to do with the difference between shocks and struts?
A coilover can be used with both shocks and struts. Simply put, it’s a spring attached to the outside of the shock or strut. Coilovers are often added to adjust the car’s ride height and spring rate, which can have an impact on the quality of your ride. Typically, a lower height and spring rate results in a stiff suspension and a harsher ride.
Here’s where shocks vs. struts doesn’t matter: Over time, they both wear out. It just stands to reason. Every time you drive your vehicle, the elements of your suspension system are in constant motion. No wonder the components experience wear and tear! Typically, shock/strut manufacturers (and some car manufacturers) recommend service at or around 50,000 miles. You should refer to your owner’s manual for the specific schedule for your vehicle. No manual? No problem! Jiffy Lube technicians can access your car’s specific maintenance schedule, as well as the recommended procedures.
Worn shocks and struts can affect the ride, handling, and safety of your car. So even if you’re between scheduled maintenance visits, don't ignore the telltale signs of suspension trouble, including:
As soon as you suspect there’s an issue, bring your vehicle in. A trained Jiffy Lube technician will:
Whenever you visit one of the 2,000 Jiffy Lube locations across North America, you’ll be in capable hands. Keeping your car, truck, minivan or SUV on the road and running smooth is our job.
Surprised to learn that a visual check of your suspension is part of the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change? It’s more than the standard oil change you’ll get elsewhere. Find out all that’s included here.
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Please note: Not all Jiffy Lube service centers offer suspension services. Please call ahead or check jiffylube.com to ensure the service is available.