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Shock and Strut Replacement

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The Auto Llama offers shock and strut replacement service at your vehicle’s location. That’s right we come directly to you and replace ball joints on-site!

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What are shocks and struts?

Shocks and struts are essential components of a vehicle’s suspension system, responsible for maintaining stability, control, and comfort while driving. While they serve similar functions, there are differences between shocks and struts in terms of design and functionality.

  1. Shocks: Shocks, also known as shock absorbers or dampers, are cylindrical devices typically mounted near each wheel. They are designed to absorb and dampen the impact and vibrations caused by uneven road surfaces, bumps, and other disturbances. Shocks work by converting kinetic energy generated by the suspension movement into heat energy, which is dissipated through hydraulic fluid or gas contained within the shock body.

  2. Struts: Struts are a structural component of the suspension system that combines the functions of a shock absorber and a supporting structural member. Unlike shocks, struts are integrated into the vehicle’s suspension assembly and provide support for the weight of the vehicle. In addition to damping vibrations, struts also contribute to maintaining proper alignment and wheel positioning. They typically consist of a shock absorber surrounded by a coil spring and a mounting assembly.

Both shocks and struts play a critical role in ensuring a smooth and controlled ride, as well as maintaining tire contact with the road surface for optimal traction and handling. However, while shocks can be replaced individually, struts are often replaced as an assembly, including the shock absorber, coil spring, and mounting hardware.

A shock being inspected and replaced

 

How To Tell If a Shocks or Struts Need Replaced

Determining whether shocks or struts need to be replaced involves observing certain signs and symptoms during vehicle operation. Here are some indicators that your shocks or struts may need replacement:

  1. Excessive Bouncing: When driving over bumps or uneven road surfaces, if your vehicle continues to bounce excessively after the initial impact, it could indicate worn-out shocks or struts. Properly functioning shocks and struts should quickly dampen and control the movement of the suspension, preventing excessive bouncing.

  2. Nose-Diving During Braking: If your vehicle’s front end dips significantly forward when braking, it suggests that the front shocks or struts are no longer effectively controlling the weight transfer. This can compromise braking performance and vehicle stability, indicating the need for replacement.

  3. Uneven Tire Wear: Worn shocks or struts can lead to irregular tire wear patterns, particularly on the inner or outer edges of the tires. Excessive bouncing and lack of damping can cause the tires to lose consistent contact with the road surface, resulting in uneven wear.

  4. Swerving or Drifting: When taking corners or navigating curves, if your vehicle sways excessively or feels unstable, it may be due to worn shocks or struts. Properly functioning shocks and struts help maintain tire contact with the road and stabilize the vehicle during turns.

  5. Excessive Body Roll: During cornering or sudden maneuvers, if you notice excessive body roll or leaning of the vehicle, it could be a sign of worn shocks or struts. These components help control body motion and keep the vehicle level during dynamic driving situations.

  6. Uncomfortable Ride Quality: If your vehicle’s ride feels rough, harsh, or excessively jarring, even on relatively smooth roads, it could indicate worn-out shocks or struts. A noticeable decrease in ride comfort is a common symptom of suspension component wear.

  7. Fluid Leaks: Inspect the shocks or struts for any signs of fluid leaks, which can indicate internal seal failure and loss of damping capability. A leaking shock or strut typically requires immediate replacement.

If you experience any of these symptoms or suspect that your shocks or struts may be worn out, it’s crucial to have them inspected by a qualified mechanic. A professional inspection will help determine the condition of the suspension components and whether replacement is necessary to ensure safe and reliable vehicle operation.

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