There are 2 main features which determine the quality of a shock absorber. Individual models and high quality materials.
Toyota Genuine Shock Absorbers are specifically designed for each Toyota model to handle performance and suspension safety. They also include Teflon coated rods for superior rust resistance to ensure longevity and a safer and more comfortable ride.
Shock absorbers, as the name accurately implies, work with the car's suspension to absorb bumps and holes in the road. The most obvious benefit of shock absorbers is that they provide a smooth, comfortable ride over various surfaces and roads. Not so obvious is the safety role they play in your car's handling and steering - particularly in maintaining steering and stability. However, for such a vitally important part of your car's safety system, there are very big differences in the quality of shock absorbers.
There are two main features which determine the quality of shock absorbers.
Toyota Genuine Shock Absorbers are specifically designed for each individual Toyota model to optimise handling performance and suspension safety. From the piston structure to the connective bushings, every Toyota Genuine Shock Absorber is designed for perfect fit. Many non-genuine shock absorbers are 'one size fits all' designs for a variety of cars regardless of individual requirements.
Toyota Genuine Shock Absorbers include TeflonTM processed piston bands and piston rods which are specially coated for superior rust resistance. These long-lasting parts work smoothly to reduce noise and bumps to make driving a pleasure. Many non-genuine shock absorbers avoid using TeflonTM and other protective measures, reducing longevity and performance substantially.
Toyota Genuine Shock Absorbers are designed for longevity and performance. However, should your steering become unresponsive, and you begin to feel every bump in the road, then they probably need replacing. If you have your Toyota Service Centre service your car, then the shock absorbers will always be inspected according to the servicing schedule.