Replacing shocks and struts are the most expensive maintenance repair you will have on an automobile but the one that will save other components from going bad and will prolong the life of other wear items. Shocks and struts, according to a study by researchers, have an average life span of around 50,000 miles. We understand that you have been told that they should last the life of the vehicle. And, you may be inclined to believe that if you just inspect them from the outside. However, it’s the inside of these parts that could cause problems. The components that make up the inside of shocks and struts do not last forever and wear out. When this happens, it could cause premature wear on the following items:
- the second set of tires do not last as long;
- the second set of brakes do not last as long;
- front brakes wear out faster than the rear;
- upper and lower ball joints wear out (these components are designed to last over 200,000 miles but because we neglect the struts, they wear out sooner);
- tie rod end – alignments will start to wear tires due to the tire rods being worn;
- Stopping distance will lose 15 to 20 feet of stopping distance with worn struts and shocks.
Due to Friendship Complete Automotive Care being a part of the Napa Auto Care family, we can give a lifetime warranty on Napa shocks and struts. So, our recommendation is that during your first tire replacement, you should change your shocks and struts too. Then, every time we replace your tires, we will replace the shocks and struts and you will only be responsible for the labor. This will ensure that your front end, brakes and tires will continue to give you the best and safest ride.