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Shocks and Struts for Chevrolet Prizm

The Chevrolet Prizm is a powerful Chevy model that offers both performance and looks. Shocks and struts are vital components to any functioning car including the Prizm. Your Chevrolet Prizm cannot provide an optimal ride without good shocks and struts, so its important to know when and how to replace them.

What does a strut do for your Chevrolet Prizm?

Struts do two important things for your Chevrolet car. First, they work like shock absorbers to dampen shock and vertical motion on the car. The second job is arguably more important. Struts are a vital part of the suspension system. They connect directly to the control arm, and they have a large impact on comfort and control in the vehicle.

How long do Chevrolet Prizm struts last?

No two cars are identical, so there will always be a large variance on the life span of struts. For a Chevrolet Prizm, you can usually expect them to work for about five years before they need replacement. Keep in mind that collisions and abnormal wear or particularly rough road conditions can shorten this life span considerably.

How do you know when to replace shocks or struts?

Shocks and struts wear gradually. Because of this, you wont always notice when they are ready to be replaced. Its a good idea to periodically test them directly. The process is easy and will only take a few minutes.

  • Pick a wheel, and press heavily on the car to compress the shocks at the wheel. If bouncing isnt immediately dampened, then the shocks and struts are worn.
  • Repeat the process at each wheel. Regardless of test results, shocks and struts should always be replaced in pairs, both front or both rear.
What is the difference between shocks and struts?

There is some overlap on the function of the two, but the primary difference is structural. While both parts work to dampen bouncing and oscillation in a vehicle, struts are a part of the suspension system and impact steering. Shocks are attached separately. It is important to note that shocks and struts are often used as interchangeable terms, but they are not interchangeable parts. This can cause confusion when shopping, so it is always important to double check if the wheels in question need one or the other before making a purchase. A key identifier when shopping is that struts have coiled springs as part of the system. Shocks will not have a visible spring, and they usually operate solely through compressed fluids.