Shock and Strut Mount
Out of sight, out of mind.well, not for your vehicle's faulty shocks and struts. It's hard to keep them off your mind once the suspension becomes too messed up that it feels like you're having a roller coaster ride on the road or riding on a moving trampoline. The bumpy ride can be nauseating. As your vehicle swerves to the right or encounters a bump or pothole, things can only get more uncomfortable. So that you won't have to suffer with every bounce and sway from the vehicle, keep a sound suspension system. See to it that apart from the shocks and struts, each shock and strut mount is in great shape as well.
What are strut mounts?
Struts are supported by mounts, which attach the struts to the vehicle. One part of these mounts is bolted to the vehicle, and the other part is connected to the strut. What goes in-between these two sides is an insulating material. In some front struts, the mount comes with a bearing, where the strut is attached. Bearings on each side work as steering pivots. These are crucial for smooth and responsive steering.
What can the shock and strut mount do for smooth and sound vehicle suspension?
Mounts can absorb the impact from the vehicle's up and down motion, especially when it passes through bumps and potholes. They don't only reduce vibrations from the vehicle, but they can also insulate tire noise. Without firm and steady mounts, shocks and struts, along with the rest of the suspension system, won't be able to dampen shocks from the road and smoothen out a rather bumpy ride. As a result, the vehicle may bounce or sway excessively.
What ruins the shock and strut mount?
Like other automotive components, age has much to do with the overall condition of the shock and strut mount. After so many years of driving, the mount's insulating material may eventually lose its density. When this happens, vibrations from the vehicle can't be effectively dampened. It will also be difficult for the mount to insulate the noise. Especially for the front struts, the mount's bearing may also wear out over time. Corrosion can easily weaken the metal component and ruin it for good. That's why the mount may need to be changed after some time.
How will you know if the shock and strut mount needs to be changed?
If it's time replace the old and worn-out shocks, struts, and coil springs, it may be a good idea as well to change the mounts. This will let you save time in fixing imminent suspension problems. The mounts may be on their way out if you notice some irregularities when driving. These symptoms include clunking sounds and excessive vibrations. Steering may feel loose or stiff and may produce some noise. Tire wear and tire alignment problems can also be an indication of aging, worn-out mounts in the suspension. To be sure that the mounts that are the ones causing trouble, you may look for corroded parts, cracked rubber, or loose components. Also take note of excessive movement from these mounts.