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Shocks and Struts for Ford Cars and Trucks

Ford has been making cars and commercial vehicles since Henry Ford founded the company in 1903. It is the second-largest automobile company in the United States and the fifth-largest in the world. You can find new and pre-owned shocks and struts for Ford cars and trucks, two components in your vehicles suspension system that may require replacement or repair.

How many different types of shock absorbers are there?

The purpose of a shock absorber is to keep a vehicle from bouncing up and down and from side to side. Controlling vehicle motion is important for smooth steering and handling, preventing wear and tear on the tires and wheels, and for delivering a smooth, comfortable ride for the occupants of the vehicle.

Structurally speaking, all shock absorbers resemble oil pumps. A piston attached to one end of the piston rod works against the hydraulic fluid contained in the shock. As the suspension moves up and down, it forces hydraulic fluid out of tiny holes called orifices inside the piston. Because only a tiny amount of fluid passes through the orifices, the piston slows down and reduces the movement of the suspension and springs. There are two designs of shock absorber: twin-tube and mono-tube.

What are signs that shock absorbers require replacement?

Your vehicle has a number of ways of letting you know the shock absorbers need to be replaced. If you suspect theyre on their way out, there is a simple way of finding out. Push down hard on one corner of the vehicle and let go. If it continues to bounce after you let go, you need to replace the shocks. Other hints that your shocks or struts need replacing are:

  • Your vehicle bottoms out after driving over a speed bump, railroad tracks, or a dip in the road.
  • Your car makes unusual noises when driving over bumps.
  • The vehicle sways or leans excessively coming out of a turn.
  • Excessive tire wear.
What is the definition of a strut?

A strut is a structural part of a vehicles chassis. Their function is to dampen bouncing and swaying, as with a shock, and to play a role in controlling the ride. Not all cars or trucks have shocks, and not all have struts. These affordable pieces come in varying sizes and styles on eBay.

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