Gabriel is currently running, via its wholesalers and channel partners, a variety of campaigns building up to December.
There are over 80 overseas trips to exotic destinations and more than 100 other prizes including iPads, digital cameras, local holidays and flips in the world-renowned Gabriel aerobatic planes.
Gabriel’s focus this festive season is on safety. Part of the campaign is to encourage motorists to check their shocks before going on holiday to ensure a safe journey.
Here Are Some Guidelines for Identifying Worn Shocks:
If your steering wheel vibrates, this is a possible sign that you could have worn shock absorbers. The extra movement of the suspension causes strain on the steering components and suspension.
Worn shocks absorbers can make your vehicle’s tyres bounce. This in turn can create bald patches on the tyres. Bald patches are dangerous and affect the performance of the tyre.
In strong winds it will be more difficult to control your vehicle. Your vehicle will veer in side winds and is especially at risk on bridges, cliffs and narrow roads.
Your vehicle will not hug the road on bends. This can make the car swerve uncontrollably, and especially at higher speeds.
Leaking oil is another indicator of a worn shock absorber. If the shock is leaking oil you need to replace the shock immediately because the less oil in the shock, the less resistance there is through the valves.
On rough road surfaces worn shock absorbers can make the car’s wheels bounce. Worn shocks can also place severe stresses on the wheel bearings and suspension components, not to mention the increased risk of an accident.
Dented or damaged shocks can be caused by outside forces such as stones. This can lead to the restriction of oil between the inner and outer tubes, resulting in poor performance of the shocks.
Gabriel is a division of Control Instruments Automotive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the JSE listed Control Instruments Group. Control Instruments Automotive holds the manufacturing and distribution rights to the Gabriel range of shocks, struts and cartridge products for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Gabriel is now in its 76th year in South Africa. The company manufactures shock absorbers for most vehicles.