Ford Ranger Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
How to Maintain Your Ford Ranger Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Anyone who has had the struts or shocks on their Ford Ranger repaired or replaced at the shop knows how expensive and inconvenient it can be. But that trip to the auto repair shop can be delayed if the struts and shocks are properly used and cared for. Regular maintenance is a must for the Ford shock absorber and struts assembly, especially since these components literally do most if not all of the heavy lifting in the truck's suspension system.
Maintaining the Ford Ranger shock absorber and strut assembly is not that hard as it requires at most a couple of hours of your time and tools that can be found in a typical car toolbox. In this guide, we'll share with you some simple tips on how to take care of your truck's shocks and struts assembly.
- Check the wheel alignment.
One of the little-known but effective ways to lengthen the service life of the shock and strut assembly is to keep the wheels properly aligned. Driving through potholes and uneven terrain will gradually knock the wheels out of alignment, causing the car to not only pull to one side but also put unnecessary stress to the strut or shock connected to the misaligned wheel.
Common signs of misaligned wheels include pulling or jerking motions from the steering wheel and uneven wear patterns on the tire. If you see any of these on your truck, have it checked by a mechanic.
- Keep the shocks and struts clean.
Shock and strut manufacturers often claim that their products can withstand the punishment brought on by the road and trail on a daily basis, but they do have to be cleaned from time to time. Dirt, mud, and debris can accumulate on the struts and shocks, particularly on the crevices, and accelerate wear and corrosion or even impede the performance of these parts.
- Keep an eye out for warning signs.
Early detection is just as important on your struts and shocks as it is with your health as the sooner a problem is detected, the higher the chance that the issue is addressed quickly and effectively. For the shock and strut assembly, key warning signs of potential problems include excessive bouncing and vibration, noticeably reduced handling and braking performance, noises originating from the suspension, and leaks from the shocks and struts.