Tempe Auto Repair: Shocks and Struts, What Do They Do?
Let’s talk shocks and struts. Shock absorbers last a long time and wear out pretty slowly, so I guess you could say they’re easy to take for granted. But your shocks and struts do a very important job, so you need to pay attention to them. They keep your tires on the road, and your tires are what connect your vehicle to the road and allow you to safely handle your car through turns, over bumps and even stop efficiently. So what happens when your shocks or struts are worn?
When your shocks and struts are worn, your tires bounce excessively over bumps. Your vehicle will wallow through corners. Your front end will dive when you stop, and your rear end will squat when you accelerate. All this hurts your ability to control your vehicle, and your ride just isn’t as comfortable. In a nutshell…bad handling and control. You may have also heard that worn shocks or struts cause excessive tire wear, so you’ll have to replace your tires sooner then you should. That’s very true. It also stresses other suspension and steering parts, causing them to wear prematurely. Struts are actually a major structural component of the suspension system. There’s a lot riding on them. Replacing shocks and struts saves money in the long run, and of course you can’t really put a price on your safety and the safety of your passengers. We generally recommend replacing shocks and struts at 50,000 miles. So, let’s say you need new shocks or struts. What now? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered here at Elite Auto Repair! We can give you back the ride and handling of a new vehicle, and if you have special needs, we can help you there, too. We have premium shocks and struts that’ll improve your performance. We can even help you with upgraded heavy-duty shocks that will give you the confidence you need to handle the big towing and hauling jobs. As far as the replacement schedule, you may wonder if you just replace shocks one at a time as needed. Experts recommend replacing all four shocks at the same time, so that handling is even at each wheel. If you need new shocks or struts, let us help you take care of some important safety service. You’ll feel better and you’ll save money on tires and other suspension repairs down the road. Get some peace of mind, call today and schedule a free inspection of all your shocks and/or struts:
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