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Conag Industrial Repair
(307) 686-3777
706 Means Street
Gillette, WY
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair Information & Referral Services, Auto Service & Repair Consultants, Industrial Equipment Rebuilding Service & Repair
Monday-Friday 8am To 6pm

Plains Tire Company
(307) 682-5186
417 E Boxelder Rd
Gillette, WY
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Gases Plus
(307) 682-8250
811 Edwards Street, # 5
Gillette, WY
Trailer Repair

Big Horn Tire Inc
(307) 682-9411
501 Westside Dr
Gillette, WY
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Wingfoot Llc
(307) 682-8838
3207 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Big O Tires
(307) 686-4884
2525 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Midas Auto Service Experts
(307) 682-6800
2307 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Mufflers Repair

Hibbs Auto Body
(307) 682-2959
6400 Swanson Rd
Gillette, WY
Auto Body

Windcreek Services
(307) 687-2056
310 Limestone Ave
Gillette, WY
Freedom Tire
(307) 687-2929
4507 Dakota St
Gillette, WY
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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