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Shock Absorber Replacement

What are shock absorbers?

Shock absorbers do exactly what their name describes, they absorb energy from movement resulting from accelerating, braking and driving on uneven surfaces. This movement creates vertical energy that travels through the vehicle’s frame and without shock absorbers this energy would cause the vehicle to jump, leaving the driver with minimal control. As the shocks absorb this energy the vehicle always has maximum contact and friction with the road.

Problems that can arise when shock absorbers need replacing

Having shock absorbers replaced will help prevent problems like these

Longer Stopping Distance

By having worn shock absorbers on your vehicle you could be increasing your stopping distance by up to 20%. This distance can be enough to cause a fatal incident and should be attended to as soon as possible.

Swerving and Nose-dives

If your car dips or swerves under braking you need to have your shock absorbers checked. These symptoms decrease overall car control which can be very dangerous in wet weather conditions.


A tell-tale sign of worn shock absorbers is vibrations through the steering wheel. When working properly they should keep your tyres in contact with the road with no vibrations. At high speeds the vibrations can become more intense making it hard to keep full control of the vehicle.

Side Sliding

Having a shock absorber replacement performed will help to stop your car from veering across the road in side winds and from mild cross winds.


When driving over bumps, railway tracks and uneven surfaces, does your vehicle rattle and rock back and forth? This is often a sign of worn shock absorbers. Although this starts out as a minor issue with an unpleasant ride at times, it will eventually get worse and lead to much larger problems.

Uneven tyre wear

If your tyres seem to be wearing unevenly with bald patches in certain areas it is most likely that your shock absorbers aren't keeping your tyres firmly in contact with the road. This is a big issue for grip and control.

Shock Absorber Tip!

Your vehicle is only attached to the road by four postcard sized tyre prints. It is paramount that your shock absorbers are working properly to make sure you don’t have less grip than this.

Shock Absorber - Repco Authorised Service Auto Facts Video

Have your shock absorbers replaced by the experts

Has it been some time since your last service or the last time your shock absorbers were checked? Don’t delay any longer, book your vehicle in with your nearest Repco Authorised Service Centre and get back to driving in safety and comfort. 

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