Shock and Strut Replacement Kalispell MT

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Northwest Automotive, Inc.
(406) 756-9511, 001-2004
33 Second Avenue East
Kalispell, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Valley Motor Supply CO
(406) 755-3908
535 W Idaho Street
Kalispell, MT
Services
Clutch Repair

Ohs Body Shop Inc
(406) 752-8202
3560 Us Highway 93 South
Kalispell, MT
Services
Auto Body Repair,Auto Glass Repair,Car Detailing,Interior Cleaning,Interior Repair

Pierce R VS
(406) 752-8050
3138 Us Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT
Services
RV and Camper Repair

Geek Squad
(406) 752-1300
2407 Highway 93 North
Kalispell, MT
Services
Audio and Video Installation

C-A Automotive & Exhaust
(406) 862-1396
523 Skyles Place
Whitefish, MT
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Mufflers & Exhaust Systems Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays
Products
Catalytic Converters

Center Street Quick Lube
(406) 755-6808
238 W Center Street
Kalispell, MT
Services
Oil Change and Lube,Tune up Repair

Valley Glass Inc
(406) 257-9200
1903 3rd Avenue East
Kalispell, MT
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Andys Auto Glass
(406) 755-4290
2237 US Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT
Services
Auto Glass Repair,Mobile Auto Repair

Shepards Glass Inc
(406) 755-4540
301 E Center Street
Kalispell, MT
Services
Auto Glass Repair

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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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