Automotive shocks, also known as shock absorbers, are a part of a vehicle's suspension system. Their primary function is to absorb the shocks and vibrations created by driving over uneven surfaces, bumps, and potholes on the road. By absorbing these shocks, automotive shocks help to improve the overall comfort of the ride while also helping to keep the vehicle's tires in contact with the road.
Automotive shocks work by converting kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion, into heat energy, which is dissipated through the shocks' body or oil. This happens through the use of a piston that moves inside a cylinder filled with hydraulic fluid. When the car's wheels hit a bump, the piston inside the shock absorber moves up and down, compressing and expanding the hydraulic fluid as it does. The hydraulic fluid then absorbs and dissipates the energy from the shock.
Over time, automotive shocks may become worn or damaged and need to be replaced. Worn shocks can cause a bumpy or unstable ride, which can also lead to tire wear and handling issues. It is important to have the shocks inspected and replaced when necessary to ensure that the vehicle's suspension system is operating properly and that the ride is safe and comfortable.