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What Are Shock Absorbers And What’s Their Lifespan

By now you know that there are many auto parts designed for different purposes. All parts of the car whether big or small are essential for proper functioning of the car. Shock absorbers are one of those auto parts that are talked about often but probably most misunderstood. It is important to know their functions and how long they last in a car.

What Is the Work of Shock Absorbers?

Popular belief is that shock absorbers support the weight of a car. For clarity, shock absorbers, just as their name sounds are designed to absorb shock so that it does not reach the occupants of the car. Do you find yourself driving smoothly even on bumps? It is because of shock absorbers. They are oil pumps that absorb any impact when you apply the brakes even if suddenly. They do so by converting kinetic energy into heat.

Types of Shock Absorbers

You need to know the different types of shock absorbers so that you can have your auto spare parts technician give you the specific ones you request for your car.

  • Twin-tube: These are designed with a pressure tube and a reserve tube. They are the most widely available at car dealerships, repair shops, and auto spare parts stores. The twin-tube shock absorbers work by transferring the hydraulic fluid inside the tube and this heats the mechanical energy that naturally dissolves. You will find tiny holes in the piston and special valves between the two tubes that limit the oil flow and this controls the wheel movement.
  • Mono-tube: These only have the pressure tube. However, they have two pistons – one is working and the other floating. They move in sync with the movement of the car when moving on the road.
  • Spool valve: They are made with oil passages that are around the cylindrical sleeve. Spool valves are compatible with twin-tube and mono-tube. They are also used in electronic systems.

For any type of shock absorbers, you can have a genuine parts dealer check their functionality when you begin to feel impacts of your car during a rough drive.

When Should Shock Absorbers Be Replaced?

Unlike other auto parts, shock absorbers do not have an expiration or mileage. There are certain things that can tell you if your shock absorbers are failing.

  • You may begin to find that your car takes longer to come to a full stop. For example, the car may takes additional distance before stopping. You don’t want your shock absorbers to reach that level and so you should contact an auto spare parts dealer to get you new ones.
  • If the shock absorbers are worn out, you may also notice that the wheels are wearing down in an uneven way.
  • Another sign is that the car seems to vibrate as you drive. This occurs because of lack of strong shock absorbing capability.  The vibrations may be subtle especially when you are on low speed but your car can lose control when driving in high speed.
  • The car also tilts to one side. When you drive in such conditions you also feel off-balance.

Ultimately, replacing the shock absorbers is the best solution. Contact a genuine spare parts dealer for new shock absorbers to ensure the safety of your car. Auto Plus Dubai has been dealing with OEM auto parts for years. You can be sure of genuine and durable shock absorbers when you contact Auto Plus.

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