Shock and Strut Replacement Pierre SD

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Youngs Mobil
(605) 224-1122
103 E Pleasant Dr
Pierre, SD
Services
Car Detailing,Gas Stations,Convenience Stores

Capitol Body Shop
(605) 224-8636
410 W Dakota Avenue
Pierre, SD
Services
Auto Body Repair

Performance Auto Style
(605) 945-9000
3100 Airport Road
Pierre, SD
Services
Audio and Video Installation,Car Detailing,Interior Cleaning,Interior Repair,Mobile Auto Repair

Sunmasters
(605) 224-6102
1020 E Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Bakers Autoglass LLC
(605) 224-8009
3100 Airport Road
Pierre, SD
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Glass Products Inc
(605) 224-7073
2510 E Irwin Street, # 3
Pierre, SD
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Graham Tire Company of Pierre Inc
(605) 224-8643
421 W Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

TMA Tire Muffler Alignment
(605) 224-6167
1621 N Harrison Avenue
Pierre, SD
Services
Mufflers Repair

Rocket Lube
(605) 945-0943
319 S Fort Street
Pierre, SD
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Oil Change and Lube

Gunderson Transmission & Repair
(605) 224-8424
1805 Airport Road
Pierre, SD
 

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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