Are you tired of driving on bad roads? Or are you fed up with constantly driving your Ford into potholes or bouncing around on bumps? And it’s worse when you’re supposed to be driving on a smooth highway, but you still feel like you’re driving off-road. This is a great reason for concern because you are risking your safety. However, when you notice a problem like this, be sure it’s time to buy shocks. And there are shocks and struts, which are two different components to pay attention to. Therefore, I’m going to give you some necessary tips for maintaining shocks for Ford Excursion and Ford Escape.
Let’s Start by Understanding What a Suspension System Is
As you know, the suspension itself consists of the chassis, the coil springs that carry the weight of the truck. It also includes struts that deliver structural protection for Ford and shocks that help make your ride smooth. Tires are another part of the suspension, and their condition needs to be monitored frequently. As you know, your car generates force and inertia, so you need structural balance. The suspension system delivers exactly that. But remember that a shock cannot be utilized instead of a strut, and a strut cannot be utilized instead of a shock.
Well, what can you do to make your ride smooth and bounce-free? Just follow the steps below:
- The most important thing is to detect the problem in time
Remember, spotting a strutting problem or detecting a bump in time can save your life as well as your time. But if you’re not sure you are able to do all the mechanical work right, of course, it’s better to trust a master to do it. However, if you are aware of how to fix some problems and maintain shocks of a Ford, you don’t have to worry about it. In any case, contact a mechanic at the slightest deviation in the truck. The sooner you fix it the better!
- Don’t let your tires go flat
If you don’t keep your Ford’s tires inflated in time, you risk premature tire wear. Consequently, this problem will certainly affect the suspension system. Moreover, rotate the tires frequently to even out the wear and adjust the wheels also.
- Try to monitor them at least once a year
A very important note is that you should start testing the truck not at the moment of the breakdown, but before that. Preferably when the truck is resting on the jack. Remember, if the Ford bounces more than 11/2 times after stopping, contact a specialist who will carefully examine the shocks or struts.
- Shocks and struts of a Ford Excursion and Ford Escape need to be set up in pairs.
Since you know that all shocks and struts are subject to about the same wear, replacing all four shocks is more important when one of them is already damaged.
- Avoid potholes and bumps on the road.
Try not to drive too much or too often on bumpy or uneven roads. By doing so, you will extend the life of not only the suspension system but the truck as well.
- Pay attention to the elements that cause corrosion.
No doubt, shocks, and struts are exposed to water, road salt, and other chemicals. Consequently, these can cause corrosion. Therefore, try to reduce your exposure to such components.
Well, now you know all the ins and outs of maintaining shock absorbers and struts. In the end, was this tutorial helpful to you? Share your thoughts about it in the comments.