Shock and Strut Replacement Great Falls MT

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Service Max
(406) 727-0380, 001-2004
4100 - 10th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Tire Rama
(406) 761-4200
1627 3rd St NW
Great Falls, MT
Specialty
Air Conditioning Repair, Brakes, Electrical Service, Front End Repair, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Radiator Repair, Tires/Wheels, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Tue:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Wed:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Thu:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Fri:7:30 am-6:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am-4:00 pm
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Auto Maintenance Shop
(406) 761-0901
1700 Vaughn Road
Great Falls, MT
Services
Brake Repair,Transmission Repair

Swains Spring Service
(406) 452-1246
3257 Vaughn Road
Great Falls, MT
Services
Clutch Repair

Bjarko Manufacturing
(406) 761-4676
4804 53rd Avenue Southwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Fabrication and Restoration

Electric City Brake & Alignment
(406) 761-2852
500 8th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Services
Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Parts Retail, Tractor Equipment & Parts Dealers, Plumbing Service & Repair, Auto Alignment Frames & Axles Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays
Products
alignment, Commercial Industrial, Parts Available, Electric Brake Controllers,

Dewitt Machine
(406) 761-6870
1700 Vaughn Road
Great Falls, MT
Services
Transmission Repair

Metco Inc Auto Sales
(406) 455-6060
3001 Vaughn Rd
Great Falls, MT
 
Mr Salvage Motorcycles
(406) 761-3151
1421 Central Avenue West
Great Falls, MT
Services
Motorcycle Fabrication,Motorcycle Repair

Paint Store
(406) 452-6567
326 Central Avenue West
Great Falls, MT
Services
Oil Change and Lube

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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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