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Bouchard & Sons Towing
(207) 947-0739
602 Main Road North
Hampden, ME
Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair, Towing
24 Hours Service
Payment Options
MasterCard, VISA

Affordable Signs by Fred Jones
(207) 942-7788
97 Harvard St
Bangor, ME
Auto Body

Midas Auto Service Experts
(207) 947-6792
1011 Union St
Bangor, ME
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Mufflers Repair

Carrs Automatic Transmission Limited
(506) 466-4408
Bangor, ME
Stratham Tire Inc
(207) 942-6338
9 Target Cir
Bangor, ME
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Mobile Lube
(207) 570-3319
46 Oxbow
Bangor, ME
Oil Change and Lube,Mobile Auto Repair

Carquest Auto Parts
(207) 945-5418
155 Perry Rd
Bangor, ME
Auto Parts

J C Autobody
(207) 947-4271
1520 State St
Bangor, ME
Auto Body

Abc Transmission
(207) 947-4166
499 Hammond
Bangor, ME
Carquest of Bangor Main St
(207) 942-6734
317 Main St
Bangor, ME
Auto Parts

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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