What is a Strut?

You may have heard the term "shocks and struts" before when someone is talking about your vehicle's suspension system. But, what exactly is a strut and what does it do? 

A strut is a component of your vehicle's suspension system, which is the system that is connected to the wheels and the chassis of your car. The suspension system's job is to support your vehicle, absorb the impact of bumps and road texture, and help to properly turn and steer your vehicle. 

The strut itself is comprised of two parts:  the shock absorbers and a spring. The spring is typically a coil spring that supports the weight of your car and absorbs movement. The shock absorbers main job is to absorb movement and dampen vibrations. 

Since struts hold the weight of your car and do most of the absorbing of shock, they tend to wear down or leak over time. They will need to be inspected periodically and replaced if needed. Your vehicle's owner's manual will outline a proper interval for shock and strut inspection, but if you suspect a problem with your suspension system, the experts here at Hoesly Automotive can perform an inspection as soon as you need it. 

If you do need a strut or shock absorber replacement or repair, give us a call here today at Hoesly Automotive and we would be happy to help! 

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