The signs of worn shock absorbers

Although the best way to test your shock absorbers is through a workshop and road test by a qualified technician, there are some very distinctive signs of excessive shock absorber wear and tear you can keep an eye out for.

Trouble stopping

monroe shocks explained signs side stopping 2Worn shock absorbers can add as much as 20% to your stopping distance. That’s the sort of fault that can be fatal and requires immediate attention.


Nose-diving and swerving

monroe shocks explained signs nose dive 1If the bonnet of your car dips when you brake or slow.


Bad vibes

monroe shocks explained signs bad vibes 1Uncomfortable steering wheel vibration could be shock absorbers.


Side slide

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If your car veers in side winds, particularly when the wind isn’t so strong, you could have shock absorber problems.


Shake, rattle & roll

monroe shocks explained signs shake rattle roll 1

Notice that your car ‘rock and rolls’ over bumps, railway tracks or uneven surfaces? Not hugging the bends? Time to get those shock absorbers checked then!


Uneven tyre wear

monroe shocks explained signs 1If your tyres are wearing unevenly, particularly if there are bald patches, odds are it’s your shock absorbers.



Just to be on the safe side

The way you drive, where you drive, what you drive, the loads you carry, the weather – many things can impact on shock absorber life. As a precaution, Monroe and other leading automotive experts recommend that you have a trained specialist inspect your shock absorbers for signs of wear every 20,000 km.

Driven by safety

To Monroe, safety is just as important as how our products perform. For the last 100 years we’ve mirrored the development of the automobile with more responsive, safer and technically advanced shock absorber designs. Many Monroe products incorporate world first and patented technologies.

Through this innovation and technology, Monroe has become the most popular and trusted brand of shock absorbers worldwide.