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Shocks and Struts for Chevrolet Venture

The Chevrolet Venture is a minivan that was produced by Chevrolet between 1996 and 2005, offering three rows of seating for a spacious ride for the whole family. Like any van or car, the suspension system helps to ensure a comfortable and safe ride in your Chevrolet Venture. Replacement shocks and struts can help to ensure that your Venture continues to drive smoothly over all types of roadways.

What are shocks, struts, and springs?

Shocks, struts, and springs make up the suspension for your Chevrolet Venture. This system keeps your ride safe and also comfortable as it absorbs the bumps on the roads caused by holes, uneven paving, and other roadway hazards. A functional suspension keeps your brakes and tires in good shape as it absorbs the energy caused by bumps and potholes. The key parts of the system are:

  • Springs: These are made from spring steel and are wound in a spiral shape. They are used by the Chevrolet Venture's suspension to absorb the energy created by roadway bumps, potholes, and hazards. By themselves, these are long-lasting and durable.
  • Shocks: Shocks, or shock absorbers, help to dampen the springs' tendency to oscillate and to move repeatedly. They keep your car from bouncing and moving excessively in response to road problems. The shocks use fluid to control the movement of the wheel and to moderate the car's response to bumps.
  • Struts: These are a structural part of the Chevrolet Venture's suspension that is mounted to the van's chassis. They keep the coil springs mounted.

Should you use shocks or struts in your Chevrolet Venture?

In general, the Chevrolet Venture makes good use of front struts and rear shock absorbers. The struts help to provide structural support for the Venture's suspension and affect comfort, handling, braking, steering, and alignment. The rear shock absorbers for the Venture control bounce, sway, roll, and excessive movement on braking and acceleration.

When should the shocks and struts be replaced?

There are a few ways that you can tell when it is time to replace your Venture's shocks and struts. In general, it can be good to have your car's suspension system inspected every 50,000 miles to ensure that it is in good working order. There are some signs that your shocks or struts need replacement. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Bouncing: If the vehicle begins to bounce excessively on a rough road or after bumps or potholes, this could mean that your shock absorbers are beginning to wear out and no longer contain the motion of the springs.
  • Dipping at the front or rear end: When your car's front end dips down or dives when braking, this could mean your front suspension needs replacement. On the other hand, if the rear of the Venture dips when accelerating, this can also be a sign of worn-out shocks and struts.
  • Uneven tire wearing: The shocks and struts keep your tires smoothly running on the road as you drive, preventing bouncing. Worn out shocks and struts fail to contain the bouncing, and your tires will show smooth patches interspersed with tread due to uneven wear.