Shock and Strut Replacement Alexandria LA

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Kyle''s Collision Center
(318) 442-1804
1423 Lee St
Alexandria, LA
Services
Auto Body

All Star Automotive Group
(318) 445-1486
5757 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Tune up Repair,Truck Dealers,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Alexandria Transmission
(318) 487-1886
6505 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA
 
Despino''s Tire Service
(318) 445-4561
3011 S Macarthur Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

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

Wal-Mart Supercenter
(318) 445-3232
2050 N Mall Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Jiffy Lube Market Ofc
(318) 484-6143
3837 Alexandria Mall Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Oil Change and Lube, Automotive Transmission

Bates Grady Automatic Transmissions
(318) 448-0266
1313 Enterprise Road
Alexandria, LA
 
Texaco Express Lube
(318) 484-3718
5115 Masonic Dr
Alexandria, LA
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Twin City Transmissions
(318) 448-0266
1313 Enterprise Road
Alexandria, LA
 

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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