Atlanta GM Dealer: Is Changing Your Shocks At 50,000 Necessary

The question of the day from your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, is: Do you really need to change the shocks in your Atlanta GM vehicle ever 50,000 miles? Perusing around various automotive blogs as I usually do, I came across an interesting question about when is the right time to change out the shocks in your vehicles. The question I found is actually a really good one because it sheds light on what the right mileage to actually change out your shocks is:

While watching a baseball game, an ad on the backstop said to change your shocks at 50,000 miles. I realize this national shock-replacement company is trying to sell shocks. What I want to know: Is 50,000 miles a hard and fast number? If not, how does one know when to change the shocks? [source: CarTalk.com]

The short and easy answer is that if you are doing a lot of smooth highway driving, you can probably get away with going much longer than the assumed 50,000 miles. Shock don’t really wear out if they aren’t being used. On the flip side, if you drive a lot on potholed or bumpy roads, you will be working your shocks and suspension system fairly hard. Of course, that will wear them out and probably put you closer to that 50,000 mile limit.

One thing you may not know is that shocks don’t really degrade over time. They’re usually either good or bad, so there’s no need to replace them unless they’ve actually stopped working. That could be at 50,000 miles, or it could be over 100,000 miles. Again it really all depends on the roads you are driving and how much abuse your shocks are taking.

There’s also a practical test you can do at home. You get someone bigĀ  to push hard on a corner of the car and get it bouncing down and up, down and up. Then, when it’s at the bottom of its cycle, you let go and see what happens. If the corner of the car comes up and stops, without going down and up again, that shock is good. If the car keeps cycling up and down, even a little bit, after you let go of it, the shock is worn out.

If you suspect that you may need new shocks after performing this test, see the your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore for replacement.

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