As Summer Nears, Tenneco Reminds Drivers to Prioritize Vehicle Safety with Inspection of Shocks, Suspension Parts

As Summer Nears, Tenneco Reminds Drivers to Prioritize Vehicle Safety with Inspection of Shocks, Suspension Parts

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM —New brake pads and tires are among consumers’ most common automotive purchases heading into the summer holiday season. But it is important not to overlook other safety-critical parts, including shock absorbers and suspension components, according to Tenneco, a leading global vehicle parts supplier.

“Shocks and suspension parts are exposed to constant wear and tear during daily driving conditions and these components play important roles in helping to protect the safety of drivers and their passengers,” said Bruce Ronning, vice president and general manager, Europe Aftermarket, Tenneco. “It is smart to have a complete vehicle safety inspection – including shocks, suspension, tires and brakes – before any holiday road trip.”

Tenneco, manufacturer of Monroe® ride control and suspension products, recommends that a vehicle’s shock absorbers be thoroughly inspected every 20,000 kilometers and as part of other vehicle services, such as tire replacement, alignment and brake repair/replacement. Shock absorbers often wear out gradually – which can make the loss of handling hard to detect – and worn units can contribute to a variety of potential safety and reliability concerns, including:

  • Reduced steering control. Did you know that worn shock absorbers and other suspension parts can reduce steering precision and vehicle stability, increasing the risk of losing control, skidding and aquaplaning?
  • Braking distance.  Did you know that driving with shocks that are even 50-percent degraded can significantly increase braking distance under certain situations, making it more difficult to make an emergency stop?
  • Increased tire wear. Did you know that worn out shock absorbers can affect tires’ contact with the driving surface, causing uneven and/or accelerated tire wear and reducing traction and control in certain situations?

In severe cases, the increased road shock and vibration caused by badly worn shock absorbers can affect the durability and performance of other components, including steering linkage parts, suspension components and headlamps. It is not uncommon, in fact, to find that repeated road shock has caused misalignment of a vehicle’s headlamps.

For additional information about shock absorbers and suspension components and their impact on vehicle safety, visit or contact your local automotive workshop. Tenneco provides workshops with direct, on-site access to technical resources and information about the latest Monroe ride control and suspension technologies via its “B-connected” fleet of customer support vehicles. More information about the fleet can be found on the Monroe website.

About Tenneco - Aftermarket EMEA

About Tenneco   
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway equipment and the aftermarket, with 2017 revenues of $9.3 billion and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide.  
On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with nearly 55,000 employees globally and 2017 revenues of $7.8 billion.  Additionally, the company expects to separate its businesses to form two new, independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, in late 2019.

About the Future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company
Following the separation, the aftermarket and ride performance company will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies.  The aftermarket and ride performance company’s principal product brands will feature Monroe®, Walker®, Clevite®Elastomers, MOOG®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Champion® and others. The Aftermarket and Ride Performance company would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $6.4 billion, with 57% of those revenues from aftermarket and 43% from original equipment customers. 
About the Future Powertrain Technology Company
Following the separation, the powertrain technology company will be one of the world’s largest pure-play powertrain companies serving OE markets worldwide with engineered solutions addressing fuel economy, power output, and criteria pollution requirements for gasoline, diesel and electrified powertrains. The powertrain technology company would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $10.7 billion, serving light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets.

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