Shock and Strut Replacement Farmington NM

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Don Robbins Auto Repair
(505) 327-7760
1408 Hutton Avenue
Farmington, NM
Services
AC and Heating Repair,Radiator Repair

Amsoil Products Distributor
(505) 326-1093
609 E Apache Street
Farmington, NM
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Jiffy Lube
(505) 327-3858
1721 E 20th St
Farmington, NM
Services
Oil Change and Lube, Automotive Transmission

Dannys Tire and Auto Shop
(505) 632-2416
5964 Highway 64
Farmington, NM
Services
Brake Repair

Autozone
(505) 326-1147
760 W Broadway
Farmington, NM
Services
Auto Parts

RUPP Auto and Truck Repair
(505) 327-1622
609 E Murray Drive
Farmington, NM
Services
Brake Repair

Jiffy Lube
(505) 327-3885
551 E MAIN ST
FARMINGTON, NM
Hours
Sun: CLOSED
Mon-Sat: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Durago Machine and Mega Auto
(505) 324-0005
505 River Ranch Road
Farmington, NM
Services
Engine Repair

Treadworks Tire and Service Center
(505) 327-2238
4227 E Main St
Farmington, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Auto Parts and Equipment CO
(505) 325-1764
911 San Juan Boulevard
Farmington, NM
Services
Engine Repair

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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