Shock absorbers typically last 10 years or 50,000 to 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Have them inspected at no later than 50,000 miles, and once per year after that. Signs of wear may include unusual squeaking or clunking noises, or a significant change in ride quality, like the vehicle bouncing repeatedly over bumps.
You can check your shock absorbers yourself. First park your vehicle on level ground and see if all four corners sit evenly. If any corner of the car is lower or higher you may have a binding or bent shock that needs replacement. You can also check the shocks for leaking fluid, and by bouncing the car up and down. To bounce the car, push down on the bumper or fender several times. If the car continues to bounce after you release it, you probably need to replace your shocks.
If you have questions about your shocks absorbers, you can contact one of our expert technicians from 6am to 5pm PST Monday through Friday. We carry the best brands of shocks like Bilstein and KYB, so you can be sure we have the parts you need, at the best prices.