Shock and Strut Replacement Rutland VT

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Melanson AL CO Inc Machining
(802) 775-3572
126 Spruce Street
Rutland, VT
Services
Engine Repair

Sears Roebuck and Co
(802) 770-3095
82 Diamond Run Pl
Rutland, VT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Bruces Transmission
(802) 786-9008
1 Scale Avenue
Rutland, VT
 
Rutland Motorcars Llc 200 West Street
(802) 747-7171
Rutland Motorcars Llc 200 West Street
Rutland, VT
 
Turners Transmissions
(802) 773-7619
Rutland, VT
 
Jiffy Lube
(802) 775-9231
279 S Main St
Rutland, VT
Services
Oil Change and Lube, Automotive Transmission

Carquest Auto Parts
(802) 773-2788
252 Randbury Road
Rutland, VT
Services
Clutch Repair,Engine Repair

Ciccone & Sons
(802) 773-2790
177 Woodstock Ave
Rutland, VT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Ray Beane Tire & Service Center
(802) 773-2741
140 S Main St
Rutland, VT
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Allied Auto Parts Napa
(802) 775-5505
138 State St
Rutland, VT
Services
Auto Parts

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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