Shock and Strut Replacement Klamath Falls OR

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Kurth''s Sign Shop
(541) 883-2996
1335 Oak Ave
Klamath Falls, OR
Services
Auto Body

Transmission Factory Outlet
(541) 850-8700
Klamath Falls, OR
 
Southern Oregon Drivetrain Inc
(541) 273-8547
1859 Riverside Dr
Klamath Falls, OR
Services
Automotive Transmission

Les Schwab Tire Centers
(541) 882-6623
5757 S 6th St
Klamath Falls, OR
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Aamco Transmissions
(541) 883-8151
4443 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR
 
Pelican Signs
(541) 882-9080
450 S Broad St
Klamath Falls, OR
Services
Auto Body

Coast Truck Centers
(541) 882-7159
2933 Greensprings Dr
Klamath Falls, OR
Services
Auto Body

Napa the Parts Store
(541) 883-3473
2128 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR
Services
Auto Parts

Eastside Auto Repair
(541) 273-0635
Eastside Auto Repair, 7242 Hilyard Ave
Klamath Falls, OR
 
Adin Transmission Outlet
(541) 882-3088
2742 Homedale Road
Klamath Falls, OR
 

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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