Jeep Cherokee Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Tips in Extending the Service Life of Your Jeep Cherokee Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
You may have enough money to spend on a good Jeep Cherokee shock absorber and strut assembly upgrade, but if you don't have time to take care of it, you will just end up spending more in frequent shocks and strut replacement. That doesn't sound good considering the price of this major suspension component, right? So instead of spending big time for replacement shocks and struts over and over again, why not focus on maintaining the one already installed in your Jeep? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Inspect your shocks regularly for signs of damage.
This may sound like a serious task considering that the suspension system is located underneath the vehicle. But this is important if you want to add more years to the life of your Jeep's suspension. Your owner's manual usually contains the recommended shock inspection intervals. It is wise to read and stick to your car manufacturer's suggested schedule, unless you are dealing with difficult terrain every day and you need to have your shocks replaced more often. During your visual inspection, carefully look for dents, cracks, and leaks. In case you find any, deal with it right away to prevent it from getting more serious.
- Make sure to replace your shocks and struts in pairs.
When replacing your worn-out shock and strut assembly, it is a wise decision to do it in pairs and perform the replacement as soon as possible. A bumpy ride may not be too big of an issue for you, but how about those vehicle components that might be affected by this erratic up and down movement? Bear in mind that under normal driving, even a little bounce may equal to 30 or 40 feet braking distance during hard braking or emergency stops. This means that your driving safety and braking performance can be compromised if you continue driving a ride with a damaged shock and strut assembly. By replacing both at the same time, you are doing your suspension a favor by providing it with balanced performance.
- Do not ignore any sign of shock absorber and strut assembly failure.
You should also be aware of the many signs of shock and strut assembly failure including uneven tire wear, especially one-sided wear. Such wear pattern on the tires indicates shock absorber problem and may require wheel alignment. This issue is usually caused by too much camber in the front suspension, which allows the wheel to lean excessively and, therefore, put much of the weight to just one side of the tire. If you observe such problem with your vehicle, consider having your suspension checked and your wheel aligned, if there's a need to.