It is easy to tell when a shock absorber is bad by testing the brakes and determining what kind of sound the brakes make when stopping. Bad shock absorbers make it difficult for a car to come to a rapid halt and even mor... More »

To replace your vehicle's shock absorbers, first remove the old shocks. Next, mount the new shocks. Stabilize the new shocks, and then make sure everything is secure on your vehicle. More » Vehicles Car Parts & Maintenance

Struts are a structural part of the suspension system on a vehicle, and shock absorbers are not. While both reduce spring movement, struts are also pivot points for the steering system and affect alignment angles. Vehicl... More »

A knocking sound when applying the brakes could indicate different problems, such as loose calipers, bad shock absorbers, worn constant velocity joints and failing tie rods. There are telltale signs that help identify th... More »

A strut is a shock absorber mounted inside of a spring in a vehicle to absorb shocks for a smoother ride and to provide support to the vehicle's suspension. Struts are attached to the anti-sway bar to stabilize the vehic... More »

A damper on a car is also known as a shock absorber. Without a dampening structure, the car spring extends and releases the energy it absorbs from a pot hole or bump at an uncontrolled rate. This means the spring would b... More »

Effective shock absorbers include the Monroe 58640 Sensa Trac Adjusting Absorber and Bilstein 5100 Series Rear Shock Absorber, with average user ratings of five out of five stars on, as of 2015. The Monroe Sen... More » Vehicles Car Parts & Maintenance