A blown shock can severely impact how your tires maintain contact with the road, so knowing how to spot a bad shock is really, really important. (Image/TheOriginalGabriel YouTube Channel)

Last week, we ran an article on strut/shock assemblies, in which we describe a few ways to tell if your shocks or struts are bad.

Understanding how to spot signs of a bad or blown shock is important, because often a shock fails so slowly and gradually, you may never realize how bad it’s gotten.

And driving with a blown shock or strut can be pretty dangerous, as it may severely affect the way your car or truck handles—potentially causing a loss of vehicle control.

That’s why we really liked this video from the shock scientists at Gabriel. It’ll quickly show you several visual differences between a good shock and a bad shock. More importantly, it’ll help you spot potential warning signs early, giving you time to install new shocks or struts before these problems become more serious.

It’s less than a minute long and is packed with some good visuals, so check it out:

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