Do you suspect that you’ve got failing shocks and you’re not sure what to do? We put together this buyer’s guide to help boost your knowledge as a Ford owner with shocks that might need attention.
Here’s everything you need to know about the shocks on your Ford:
What is a Shock and Why is it Important?
The shocks on your Ford play a big role in maintaining ride quality and helping your car’s tires stay firmly planted on the road. A shock is a hydraulic cylinder that serves as a link between the frame or car body and the suspension system. For more information about shocks and how they function, check out this complete write-up on shocks.
With good shocks on your Ford, the ride quality remains smooth and you can maintain control of your car. Shocks wear out over time, though. A bad shock on your car will reduce your ability to control the vehicle. It will also affect the car’s ride quality.
How to Diagnose Failing Shocks
If you have a hunch that one of your shocks has gone bad, you don't have to bring your Ford to the shop. There's an easy way to diagnose bad shocks, and it's the bounce test. In fact, you don't even need any tools to do this test. All you need is a flat surface to park on. The bounce test is essentially -- you guessed it -- bouncing your car. Sounds pretty fun, doesn't it? The instructions for the bounce test are outlined here.
OEM Vs. Aftermarket Shocks
If you find that your shocks need replacing, you have to choose between OEM and aftermarket replacement shocks. While aftermarket shocks are typically cheaper upfront, OEM shocks are a much better investment. It's because OEM shocks are built with high-quality materials, good workmanship, and a design that's specific to your Ford. This comparison guide has more information on why you should always steer clear of aftermarket shocks and buy OEM replacement shocks instead.
How to Replace Ford Shocks
You can save a lot of money by skipping the shop and replacing your worn shocks at home. It's a pretty easy and straightforward process that's outlined here. Keep in mind that you'll have to replace your shocks in pairs, even though the other shock might still be in good shape.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions that weren't addressed in this buyer's guide.