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SHOCKS, STRUTS, STEERING & SUSPENSION

At Hi-Way Tire it is our job keep you in suspense. You're suspension system helps you stay in control when you're on the road. We can help ensure your safety by keeping your suspension system up to every twist and turn the road may bring.

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The difference between shocks and struts:

Shocks vs Struts

Shocks and struts are important for a smooth ride. Both shocks and struts give a perfect and comfortable ride. It is not only just for comfort that shocks and struts are present in vehicles; both shocks and struts also improve the safety of the vehicle, keeping the vehicle in good suspension. Most of the time, people do not see any difference between shocks and struts; they consider the two to be synonyms. Though shocks and struts are almost the same, they differ in their design and functions.

While struts form an integral part of the suspension, shocks just absorb the bumps from the road. Struts also serve as pivots for the steering rack, and replaces upper arm control. On the other hand, shocks just dampen resonant vibrations, and help to maintain a smooth drive.

Well, another difference that can be seen, is that struts are present on the front part of the vehicle, and shocks are found on the rear part of the vehicle.

When comparing shocks and struts, it is noticeable that struts are needed more than shocks. It has been said that one can drive a car without shocks, but one cannot drive a car if there are no struts.

Unlike shocks, struts provide structural support for the vehicle. Struts help the vehicle to conform to the road. When the vehicle moves or bounces, struts aide the compression and recoiling of the springs. Shocks help vehicles to recoil back to their old position after hitting bumps. Where shocks dampen the leaf springs, struts dampen the coil springs.

Shocks come in multiple pieces, whereas struts come in a single piece, with an inbuilt spring and surrounded by springs.

When comparing their price, struts are more expensive than shocks. Moreover, the labour charge for installing struts is also higher than for installing shocks.

Summary:

1. Struts form an integral part of the suspension. On the other hand, shocks just absorb the bumps from the road.

2. Struts are present on the front part of the vehicle, and shocks are found on the rear part of the vehicle.

3. Unlike shocks, struts provide structural support for vehicles.

4. Shocks come in multiple pieces, whereas struts come in a single piece, with an inbuilt spring and surrounded by springs.

5. Struts are more expensive than shocks. The labour charge for installing struts is also higher than for installing shocks.