Shocks & Struts

Tire Selection, maintenance and replacement are critical for our vehicle's performance and keeping you safe. When you need to replace your tires, nobody is more qualified than the technicians at Route 22 Nissan Service. We will be sure to recommend the tires that best match your vehicle and driving style. So, for the name-brand tires you trust, turn to the experts who know your Nissan.

Warning Signs

It's a good precaution to have your shocks/struts and suspension/steering system checked every 12,000 miles. In addition, if the following symptoms occur, it may be time to replace your shocks or struts:
  • Excessive tire bounce
  • Poor tire-to-road contact
  • Premature tire wear
  • Reduced handling and braking performance
  • Reduced suspension control
  • Increased wear on other suspension components
  • Noise and suspension vibration
  • Leaking Oil
  • Binding or seized
  • Mounting bushings cracked, torn or missing
  • Bent or damaged piston rod
  • Damaged strut brackets
  • Bent, damaged or severely corroded shock o strut housing
  • Piston on gas-charged shock or strut does not extend itself
  • Brocken, damaged or missing mounting hardware
  • Punctured shock or strut housing/body
  • Dents in the shock or strut housing/body which may restrict suspension movement
On average, shocks cycle over 21 million times per year (1,750 times per mile). That is a lot of potential for wear. Our factory trained technicians at Route 22 Nissan Service can inspect your shocks and struts and help you determine if they need replacing.

The Role of Shocks & Struts

Shock absorbers and strut assemblies keep your tires in contact with the road surface by controlling spring and suspension movement. Shocks and struts can restore the feeling of riding in a new vehicle and are designed, engineered to provide comfort and performance under ever-changing driving conditions.

How Shocks & Struts Help

  • Reduce the bounce of your wheels for a smooth safe ride
  • Control vehicle handling and braking by reducing roll/sway, dive and acceleration squat
  • Prevent premature tire wear
  • Reduce wear on other suspension components
  • Maintain dynamic wheel alignment
  • Provide consistent control for improved safety

Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers are a separate component from the suspension and help prevent springs from rebounding too quickly. By controlling spring movement, tires hold to the road better. Overall, springs and shock absorbers provide greater vehicle control for a safe, smooth ride and help keep tires from wearing prematurely.


Struts combine spring and shock absorbers in a single unit and are part of the vehicle's suspension system. As part of this system, struts affect wheel alignment, tire wear and other suspension components. In addition, they help control handling and tire-to-road contact. In general, struts are used on front-wheel drive vehicles and on the front axles of many rear wheel-drive vehicles.