Like with many car parts, shock wear is inevitable. Shocks typically last between 40,000 and 50,000 miles, depending on your driving style.
If you’re planning on keeping your Ford for a while, you will need to replace your shocks eventually. Waiting too long to replace your shocks can really affect your car’s ride quality and possibly cause you to lose control of your car.
Symptoms of a Bad Shock
It’s easy to tell when one of your shocks has gone bad, but you still have to know what to look for. Here are some of the most common warning signs that your car needs a new set of shocks:
- Nose-dive while braking
- Slight swerving while braking
- Longer stopping distance
- Vibrations in the steering wheel while driving
- Early and/or irregular tire wear
We strongly suggest checking your shocks as soon as you experience any of the symptoms listed above.
The Bounce Test
The easiest DIY way to determine whether one of your shocks is either bad or going bad is to give your Ford the bounce test. This is a test even a 5-year-old could do. Here’s how to do the bounce test:
- Park your Ford on a flat surface.
- Go to one corner of the vehicle and then, in a swift motion, push down on the car and let go.
- Observe the way the corner bounces.
- Repeat with the remaining three corners of your car.
If the car bounces back to at-rest height, then the shock at that wheel is still good.
If the car bounces once before returning to at-rest height, then the shock is about to go bad.
If the car bounces more than once, then the shock is bad and it needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
Bonus Diagnostic Step: The Visual Test
The bounce test is pretty reliable. But if you want to be 100% sure that you need to replace your shocks, you can look at the shocks to see if they have any visible issues. More specifically, you want to look for:
- Bent piston rod or dented housing
- Oil leakage
Both conditions mean that your shock is bad and it needs to be replaced.
Replacing Your Shocks
If you have the right tools, you can easily replace your shocks at home. Not only will you save money on labor, but you’ll also save money on replacement shocks if you order them online. At FordPartsOnSale.com, we offer genuine OEM Ford shocks at discounted prices.
Please give us a call or send us a message if you have any questions about diagnosing your shocks.