Shock and Strut Replacement Fairbanks AK

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Alyeska Fleet Management Facility
(907) 450-5369
3311 Lathrop Street
Fairbanks, AK
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Calista Corp
(907) 356-1705
4161 8th St
Fort Wainwright, AK
 
Mg Body Shop
(907) 456-5853
1133 19th Ave
Fairbanks, AK
 
National Auto & Truck Services
(907) 452-4934
3210 Industrial Ave
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Air Conditioning Repair, Brakes, Electrical Service, Front End Repair, Machine Shop Service, Radiator Repair, Sound System Installation, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash

Lithia of Fairbanks, Inc.
(866) 662-5629
3300 S Cushman St
Fairbanks, AK
 
Collision Masters
(907) 451-8456
4061 Bradley Court
Fairbanks, AK
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Automotive Skills Center
(907) 353-7434
3730 Oak St
Fort Wainwright, AK
 
Chevrolet Cadillac of Fairbanks
(907) 452-8211
3300 S Cushman St
Fairbanks, AK
 
Giant Tire
(907) 456-2536
751 Williams Gate Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Stoshs Testing & Auto Repair
(907) 457-8674
721 Gaffney Rd
Fairbanks, AK
 
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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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