Let’s clarify one thing from the start: you should never ignore your shocks and struts. These parts play an important role in your Ford’s ride quality and handling.
Are you not sure what shocks and struts are? Do you need information about maintaining them? If your answer to either question is yes, then you came to the right place. This buyer’s guide has all the answers you need.
What Are Shocks?
A shock is a hydraulic tube. The top end connects to the body or frame. The bottom end connects to the axle or suspension arm. The purpose of having shocks on your Ford is to:
- Improve the ride quality
- Ensure that your tires stay on the road at all times
- Optimize your tires’ grip while cornering or braking
How To Diagnose Failing Shocks And Struts
Shocks and struts last a long time. They can last as long as 100K miles. When your shocks or struts finally give out, you’ll notice:
- A decrease in your Ford’s ride quality
- Decreased handling
- Nose diving while braking
- Poor handling when turning
- Body sway
The best way to confirm that your shocks or struts have gone bad is to visually inspect them and perform the bounce test. This diagnostic guide has all the steps you need to do a thorough inspection.
OEM Vs. Aftermarket Shocks And Struts
While looking for replacement shocks or struts, you have to decide between OEM and aftermarket replacement parts. Which option offers the most value? The answer is OEM. There are too many risks associated with aftermarket shocks and struts. The most common risks are:
- Incorrect valving, which means poor ride quality and handling
- Wrong dimensions
- Inferior materials, meaning a higher chance of early failure
This post explains in more detail why you should think twice before buying aftermarket shocks and struts.
How To Replace Ford Shocks And Struts
Replacing your shocks is so easy pretty much anyone could do it. Replacing your struts is more complicated. If you decide to replace your shocks or struts yourself, this step-by-step tutorial is just what you need.
Do you have any questions that weren’t addressed in this buyer’s guide? We’ll be happy to answer them if you reach out to us!