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What happens when you drive your car with a broken shock? :/
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What happens when you drive your car with a broken shock? :/

- Asked by twocents47, Female, 46-55, Who Cares?

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You can drive it like this indefinitely, but you will cause uneven wear on your tires, which is far more expensive thatn replacing a shick.

Also, it could be one of the springs that is broken instead of the shock. There are a lot of men who will replace a shock or tires and not even check for this.

- Response by buffer, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 56-65, Los Angeles, Retired

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The car doesn't have any bounce or give as it travels across imperfections in the road. It beats the hell out of your struts and breaks and the rest of the mechanics which all get jarred heavily.

- Response by joybird, Female, Who Cares?, Therapist

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I had a Toyota RAV4 with worn rear struts (shocks) and it cupped the rear tires, from all the bouncing. Tires ruined quickly. On my current car, a Toyota Avalon, I have never replaced them since new in 1995. The rear end makes a little more noise on the road, but doesn't hurt the tires one bit.

It mostly depends on the type of car and how strong the springs are, how much the vehicle weighs, and how rough your roads are.

- Response by beachinbeachboy, A Jock, Male, 46-55, Consulting

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anything broken on a car
doesn't sound so good
*checks out window*
okay my baby is fine
they don't make models like her anymore since the recall
lol jk

- Response by sanchidoll, Female, 22-25, New York, Student

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you have a bumpy, sqeaky ride.

- Response by shanegalang, A Rebel, Male, 46-55, Transportation

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No, you can't. If the strut is broken, the whole corner of the car will collapse going over a bump and could cause more damage.

- Response by Female, 36-45, Rochester, Who Cares?

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It bounces around, hard to steer when bouncing, and stays broken.....the shock that is....

- Response by richard77, A Creative, Male, Who Cares?

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It makes noises, turns differently and rides rough. Sometimes, especially if it is a McPherson Strut it will make your car lean a little. If you have it replaced be sure to do both sides. Also get a written estimate before you authorize any work. -Gulliver (X-Mechanic)

- Response by stick4013, A Creative, Male, 66 or older, Artist / Musician / Writer

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