Your vehicle's steering and suspension system consists of different components, including shocks and struts which play a role to keep your ride smooth and safe. Shock absorbers are individual components of the suspension system. These hydraulic dampening devices are designed to dampen the amount of spring you experience while driving.
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Our mechanics at Dow Auto Care recommend your shocks and struts to be inspections and serviced regularly for maintaining excellent car handling characteristics. Blown shocks and struts can cause a vehicle to handle unsafely on public roads. Upon inspection, Firestone Complete Auto Care tire and auto service professionals can repair worn out shocks and struts, so your car will handle just like it came new from the auto manufacturer.
How do struts and shocks absorbers work?
These suspensions in your car are made up of many different components, including a set of springs that absorb bumps and road impact, a set of struts that support your springs, and a set of shocks that limit the bounce your car experiences by absorbing residual movement in suspension springs.
Without properly maintained struts and shocks an unexpected pothole, or even a gravel road, can actually cause the wheels of a vehicle to bounce off of the ground, which can easily lead to loss of control and collision.
Struts are major structural components of your vehicle’s chassis and suspension system. They act as shock absorbers and help control the up and down movements of the springs.
Struts take the place of the upper control arm with the upper strut mount bearing the weight of the vehicle.
Bring your can in to Dow Auto Care and ask us about our specials on shocks and struts service.
Our mechanics are well experienced and and certified to handle the job for you without any hastle to you. We will make sure your experience with DOW Auto Care
will be very pleasing and long lasting.
Shocks, Struts and coil springs
A/C Repair FAQs
Q: What is the difference between shock absorbers and struts?
Struts and shocks are very similar in function, but very different in design. The job of both is to control excessive spring motion; however, struts are also a structural component of the suspension. Struts can take the place of two or three conventional suspension components and are often used as a pivot point for steering and to adjust the position of the wheels for alignment purposes.
Q: A technician pointed out that I have a light film of oil covering my shocks or struts. Replace them?
If the shocks or struts are functioning correctly, a light film of oil covering the top half of the working chamber does not warrant replacement. This light film of oil results when oil used to lubricate the rod gets smeared on the rod. The rod is lubricated as it cycles in and out of the working chamber
Q: What will happen if I don't replace worn shocks or struts?
Shocks and struts are an integral part of your suspension system. They work to prevent suspension parts and tires from wearing out prematurely. If worn, they could jeopardize your ability to stop, steer and maintain stability. They also work to maintain tire contact with the road and reduce the rate at which vehicle weight transfers among the wheels when negotiating corners or during braking.
Q: How do I know when my shocks or struts need to be replaced?
It's relatively easy for most vehicle owners to determine when their tires, brakes and windshield wipers are worn out. Shocks and struts aren't nearly as simple to inspect, in spite of the fact that these safety-critical components are high susceptible to everyday wear and tear. Shocks and struts should be inspected by an ASE Certified Technician every time it is brought in for tire, brake or alignment services.
Q: Can I replace the shocks and struts myselft?
If you are an experienced mechanic with correct tools and equipment, then sure you can. But if not, then you should definitely not attemp this repair by yourself. Doing this can cause serious enjury and/or death. The coil springs are compressed under high tension and with improper tools and experience, the springs can decompress at a very high velocity and may cause death. Bring your can in to DOW Auto Care.