To balance your vehicle and maintain the proper suspension, shocks should be inspected to ensure handling can be performed correctly. Well maintained and serviced shocks will enable your vehicle to ride smoothly and handle as it should. In conjunction with the leaf springs, your shocks absorb the bumps in the road and should allow for a much smoother drive.
If you experience an excess of bouncing or a pulling toward the front end when you brake, it might be a sign that you need repairs to your shocks or suspension system.
Your vehicle should have an even, balanced drive throughout all actions of acceleration, braking, turning, and crossing over bumps and holes.