Understanding Struts: Enhancing Your Car's Performance

Understanding Struts: Enhancing Your Car's Performance

Scott Beaddles
4 minute read

What Are Struts And How Do They Enhance Your Car’s Performance?

If you're someone who loves driving, then you probably know the feeling of a smooth and comfortable ride – and how important it is. When it comes to ensuring the best possible driving experience, your car's suspension system is critical. And one of the key components of your suspension system? The struts.

But what exactly are struts? And what do they do to make your car run better? 

What Do Struts Do On A Car?

Put simply, struts are designed to absorb shocks and impacts that your car may encounter on the road. They work to dampen and reduce the effects of vibrations, bumps, and jolts, and to prevent passengers from feeling every imperfection in the road’s surface. This not only enhances overall driving comfort but also helps maintain better vehicle control, allowing you to drive more confidently and safely.

Many struts are passive and are tuned to provide the best ride for most drivers. Other types of struts are active and adjust to the road conditions. For example, magnetic struts, use special fluid and coils that respond to electric signals to adjust how bumpy or smooth your ride feels. These high-tech struts automatically adapt to road conditions, allowing for precise control and fine-tuning of the suspension, resulting in improved ride comfort, handling, and stability. Whether you're taking leisurely drives through your neighborhood or embarking on exciting adventures, a magnetic suspension offers unmatched comfort and durability. 

But struts do more than just absorb shocks. They also play an important role in keeping your car's wheels aligned and in contact with the road. In doing so, they prevent uneven or excessive tire wear. This helps to reduce potential future issues like decreased fuel efficiency and compromised safety of passengers. With your car's wheels precisely aligned, you gain greater control over your vehicle, enabling you to navigate corners with confidence, maintain stability (even on slippery surfaces), and experience optimal handling in any driving situation.

Good struts also provide structural support to the suspension system itself. They help to distribute the weight of the car evenly across all four wheels, ensuring that each wheel bears its fair share of the load. This not only helps enhance stability and handling but also helps to prevent the suspension system from sagging or becoming overloaded. Even more, struts help to prevent the car from bottoming out when going over speed bumps or dips, which can damage the undercarriage of your car.

Suffice it to say, struts do a lot for your vehicle. 

Choosing Your Struts 

When it comes to choosing the best struts for your car, there are a few key factors to consider.

First and foremost, prioritize quality. Look for struts that are made from durable materials. You want struts that are designed to withstand the rigors of daily use. It's also important to consider the specific needs of your vehicle. Take into account factors such as the make, model, and year of your car, as well as the driving conditions you encounter regularly. This will help ensure that you choose struts that are compatible with your vehicle's suspension system and can handle the challenges of your driving environment.

Of course, we also recommend that you consult with professionals or refer to your car's manual for guidance when choosing struts for your car. 

By following these steps, you'll be on your way to selecting the best struts that will optimize your car's performance and provide you with a smooth and safe ride.

Taking Care Of Your Struts 

Make sure to have your struts checked and replaced regularly as part of your car's routine maintenance. That’s when replacement struts come in. Even the toughest and most durable struts will eventually wear down over time, and they can become less effective at absorbing shocks and providing support. For a better idea of when to have your struts replaced, see Strutmasters’ blog post on When To Replace Shocks and Struts. By replacing your struts on schedule, you can help ensure that your car's suspension system continues to provide optimal performance and safety on the road.

Struts are a critical component of your car's suspension system, helping to ensure a smooth, comfortable ride while also providing essential stability, control, and safety. By selecting high-quality struts that are designed to meet the specific needs of your vehicle, and by making sure to replace them regularly, you can help keep your car running smoothly and safely for years to come.

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