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Hardworking Truck Shock Absorbers for better driving

By JohnnyS Subscribe to RSS | April 2nd 2012 | Views:

Comfort, safety and convenience paved way for the creation of shock absorbers. In the earlier days, poor road conditions, not to mention, the unavailability of modern technology, made it hard for simple carriages to cope with such abuse. It is pretty complicated for drivers to achieve balance and stability. In areas where roads are much better, attaining a controlled speed is close to impossible. Simple machine devices were either too weak to withstand rapid motion or way too ineffective. Fortunately, these common road problems are no longer experienced with the introduction of shock absorbers and major road improvements. Today, the use of shock absorbers is no longer exclusive to vehicles. Aircraft and other machines utilize this as well.

Truck shock absorbers in focus

Truck shock absorbers are perhaps one of the most frequently used truck part. This is most especially true for those that are solely used to carry heavy luggage and are frequently exposed to uneven terrains. But really, how do shock absorbers function?

Contrary to popular perception, these vehicle components do not literally absorb shocks as many would think of. What they do is to lessen the so-called suspension movement that lead to increase spring oscillations. During unexpected bumps, springs absorb much of the energy which often causes instability. Truck shock absorbers efficiently distribute such energy to prevent accidents. Stability is easier to attain for simple cars, but not for trucks. The latter is much harder to control due to its huge axles and big tires plus the fact that they carry too much weight. The heavier the baggage, the more that truck shock absorbers need to perform.

Identifying shock absorbers

Depending on one’s needs and demands, there are different types of shock absorbers being offered in the market. The common ones are the standard shocks that are often seen in light vehicles. Since they hardly endure the brunt of carrying heavy baggage, the standard ones will do.

On the other hand, for vehicles exposed to rough surfaces and are often used in offroading, heavy duty shocks will do the work. The springs of these automobiles easily wear out due to frequent usage and heavy luggage—something that standard shocks cannot easily address.

Meanwhile, rough road encounters often create understeering problems. In this case, trucks and almost all types of vehicles find it hard to achieve a sharp turn, making it very difficult to maneuver. Such situations of course, result to a poor driving experience. In this case, overload shocks should be employed.

In the meantime, for those who want to easily adjust their shock absorber’s performance based on their luggage size, they can always use automatic level controls. Likewise, there are also air shocks which, evidently, let these car parts be filled with air.


Needless to say, truck shock absorber should be checked regularly. Even the most durable types cannot guarantee long-lasting performance if frequently abused. Truck and vehicle owners should make it a habit to determine if their shock absorbers are still in their best shape. Periodic maintenance can ensure its durability. Yet for those that badly need a major repair, a replacement is much better and more practical than trying to fix those car components.

JohnnyS - About Author:

Johnny Schultz writes an article about suspension lift kit , truck shock absorbers and shocks . He is also a car blogger. You can check his blogs, and

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