STRUTS The dampening structures of your car are vital for a safe driving experience. Without them, the unmodulated frequency of your car spring’s vibrations would make for an excessively bumpy ride. A shock absorber is a kind of dampening structure that helps control the spring’s frequency by acting as a conduit for the energy, channeling it through the car. A strut on the other hand, while much like a shock absorber, performs a second, extremely important activity. Installed inside a spring, struts work to support the weight of your car, thus making their potential wearing and failure in future extremely important to address. Signs and symptoms of worn struts can include odd noises while behind the wheel, usually erupting whenever the car encounters bumps on the road. This is due to the metals grating on one another, the energy no longer being effectively fueled into your car’s piston. Other symptoms often manifest in ways such as tire cupping. This is a term used for an odd effect strut damage can have on your tires, making them look “scalloped” or nibbled on. The cause is uneven weight no longer being regulated, ultimately allowing the vehicle’s suspension to sag. Handling and breaking issues are also common, as well as bouncier rides due to the car spring frequency no longer being modulated. Standard strut replacement procedure entails the replacement of the shock absorber component, but can also require the replacement of the entire strut assembly depending on the nature of the damage. Hence, strut replacements should be considered one of the most important issues and procedures to address when it comes to suspension repair.