Shock, Strut & Suspension Repairs
let's talk about what shocks and struts are. They're part of your car's suspension system, which controls the up-and-down and side-to-side motion. Without the suspension system, every time you drove over a bump, the car would bounce and bounce and bounce.
Shocks and struts not only make the ride more comfortable, they make the ride safer. That's because they help keep the tires in constant contact with the road, and that affects steering, stability, and braking. If the suspension isn't working like it should, your car won't hold the road like it needs to. That can be dangerous. If you suspect a problem with your shocks or struts, stop by and we will inspect them for free.
How do I tell when my shocks and struts need to be replaced?
The truth is, it's not easy for you to tell when your shocks and struts need to be replaced. Here's one test: step down firmly on the bumper at each corner of your vehicle. Then take your foot of the bumper. There should be little or no bounce. This isn't a very accurate test, though, as some shocks that are worn, pass the step-on-the-bumper test. Click here to schedule a suspension inspection online
Another way to determine whether you need new shocks is to look at the tread on your tires. If the tread is worn erratically, that indicates the tires are bouncing up and down. (The technical term for this pattern is "cupping" or "scalloping.")
You can also look at the shocks to see if there's any dark fluid coming out of them (there shouldn't be), and to see if there's any damage to the outside of the shock absorber.
And pay attention to how your vehicle handles. Has the ride gotten rougher or bouncier over time? Does the front of the car dip sharply when you brake? Does it "bottom out" when you hit a pothole? Lean severely when you go around corners? These are all signs that you should have your car's suspension checked out
How often should the shocks and struts be replaced?
Different manufacturers suggest different odometer readings for changing them. it is almost impossible to determine a certain point in your car's life that the struts and shocks are going to need to be replaced. Some factory shocks may show aging signs after only 30,000 or 40,000 miles. Struts usually last around 50,000 or 60,000 miles. Shocks and struts do not require replacing at specific mileage intervals like filters or spark plugs. This is simply because the damping characteristics of the parts gradually deteriorates over time. And since you are driving the car pretty much everyday, the decline in the quality of the drive is going to happen with out you noticing. After the shocks and struts have been replaced you may feel like you have a new car again.
What type of shocks should I consider?
Most shocks are built in "twin tube" designs, and are suited to most applications. Ones that are "gas charged" are generally more durable and won't need replacing quite as often. Monotube shocks, on the other hand, are best suited for high performance applications. These are often used for racing cars and off-roading, where above-average amounts of stress will be placed on them regularly
For typical applications, the OEM manufacturer (the same brand that came on the car from the factory) is the best brand to go with. Since the company wants the shocks to last long enough that they won't need to replace them before the warranty is over, these are usually the most durable option. For high performance applications, it is better to step up to a brand that specializes in performance shock absorbers, such as Eibach or Bilstein. We offer a wide variety of choices, from original equipment brands to high performance. if you need help just ask, we're glad to help.
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