Shock and Strut Replacement Alexandria LA

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Aamco Automatic Transmissions Center
(318) 445-7040
96 Macarthur Drive
Alexandria, LA
 
Texaco Gas Station
(318) 473-4131
5203 Jackson Street Ext
Alexandria, LA
Services
Service Stations,Gas Stations

Midas Auto Service Experts
(318) 448-3129
3311 Jackson St
Alexandria, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Mufflers Repair

Despino Tire Service
(318) 445-4561
3011 N Macarthur Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Hixson Auto Plex
(318) 448-0871
2506 S Macarthur Drive
Alexandria, LA
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Truck Auto Body,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers

Walker Automotive
(318) 445-6421
1616 Macarthur Drive
Alexandria, LA
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Truck Auto Body,Tune up Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Area Wholesale Tire Co Inc
(318) 487-1557
1116 Texas Ave
Alexandria, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Texaco Express Lube
(318) 484-3718
5115 Masonic Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Jiffy Lube
(318) 473-9901
4107 Parliament Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Oil Change and Lube, Automotive Transmission

D & J Tire Inc
(318) 442-9513
Mcarthur Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Why do I Need the Shocks and Struts Replaced?

By Tom Torbjornsen   

I'm sure you've probably heard this before. "Your shocks and/or struts are blown and need replacing." Some astronomical price is quoted and you immediately ask yourself, "How important are these things -- do I really need to replace them?" These are good questions that deserve attention.

First of all, it is important to note that not all vehicles have both shocks and struts. Some have just struts and some vehicles have only shocks. Shocks are part of the overall suspension, and a strut is a complete suspension assembly.

The shocks and/or struts in your car perform two functions. They dampen spring oscillation, and secondly, they aid in ride control. The springs in your car actually absorb road shocks (not the shock absorbers). Surprised? The shock absorber's function is to dampen the bouncing spring. If you did not have shock absorbers to dampen the spring oscillations from road shock, your car would turn into a "bucking bronco" every time you hit a bump in the road, making it very difficult to handle and dangerous.

The shock absorbers in your car aid in ride control by keeping the car manageable during regular driving. They do this by keeping the tires down on the road and not allowing them to bounce after hitting a bump. This allows for ease of cornering and handling.

The symptoms:

  • Vehicle rolls or sways on turns
  • Front end dives when braking
  • Rear end squats when accelerating
  • Vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding, rough road
  • Vehicle "bottoms out" (with a thump) on bumps

    In addition, worn shocks and/or struts can accelerate the wear of your tires and suspension parts -- the ball joints, steering linkage, springs and C.V. joints.

    Preventative checkups are the key to side-stepping the effects of worn shocks and/or struts. Have your technician check them every time you have an oil change.

    Things to look for:

    • Leaks on the housing
    • Dents on the shock or strut body
    • Worn rubber mounting bushings
    • P...

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