So, the roads can be long, dusty and full of cracks and pot holes. Depending on where your wheels are rolling, maintenance might not be the top priority of highway service workers. But that doesn't mean you have to suffer the consequences.

Time for a change

While you drive those twisting hills, you might notice after awhile that your car pitches or rolls a bit more than it used to. When that desperate turtle crosses your path and you do everything you can in your power to stop in time, you might notice that your car rocks further forward than before.

Time for a change

When you pass over the sun cracked asphalt, ever crumbling with time, you'll start to hear every jolt as a squeak or clank. When you see oil or fluid leaking from your shocks…these are DEFINITE sign it's time to take your vehicle into a trusted shop and have your shocks or struts replaced.

"If you do not change direction you may end up where you are heading" quote

If you look back on Monroe Shocks and Struts' safety triangle, you can easily see how steering, stopping and stability are greatly affected by a the suspension system's integrity. Any time you start to notice failures in any of these three major points, it's time to get it checked out.

Time for a change

Sunny San Diego is a vast and wonderful place. We have beaches, deserts, snowy mountains at times and cityscapes. Chelsea and I chose to live in the outskirts in an area with a dash of country and a touch of small town. This is a great place to raise a family and have as a base for an adventurous life. The only side effect is that the roads can occasionally (or about every other year) get a little worse for wear.

Time for a change

While driving our army of boys the seven or so miles to Oma's house for their weekly layover, we started recognizing signs of wear. The roads seemed to become a bit too much to bear. Our little Elantra had about 60,000 miles on it and had seen most of the roads between San Diego and Seattle a few times over.

Time for a change in the shop

So I made the decision to take the old girl into our local trusted shop. For them, the work was simple. Drive the car onto the jack, lift the car above our heads and inspect the gizmos and doodads. As it turns out, we were right on schedule to have the old parts swapped out for new ones. The cool thing I found out is that if you are able to do the repair yourself, you can pick up the shocks or struts for your vehicle from most automotive stores by simply asking for Monroe Shocks and Struts. Or you can visit a local installation center to have the parts ordered and installed by a professional technician.

Time for a change with shocks

The next thing you know, you'll be riding smoother and more importantly SAFER than you did when you brought your car home the first time.

This post brought to you by Monroe® Shocks and Struts. All opinions are 100% mine.