Shocks and Suspension

Shocks and Suspension

Suspension repair and shock replacement are often overlooked in auto repairs by vehicle owners, but can actually make a huge impact in how your vehicle handles.

Suspension repair is one of the best auto repair services to make your car feel new again, but it is often the most neglected repair.  Here in Paso Robles, suspensions get quite a workout between our dirt roads, off-road driving on farms and vineyards, and common potholes luring down any given street.

Inspect Suspension and Shocks Annually

Many manufacturers recommend having your suspension system inspected annually.  Most springs, shocks, and struts have a lifespan of 50,000-100,000 miles but smaller components can wear out sooner which is why it’s important to have your suspension system inspected annually for needed suspension repairs.  If you feel like your vehicle is pulling in one direction or bumps in the road feel much bigger than usual, you might want to bring your car in early for a suspension repair inspection.

Do I need Suspension Repairs or Shock Replacements?

Different vehicles use different suspension components.  Common components include linkages, springs, shock absorbers, struts, ball joints, and bushings.  Some components likely to be replaced due to wear and tear like bushings and bearings tend to wear out first and are affordable to replace.  Replacing the main component of your suspension is different for every vehicle (some have struts and others have springs) can make a great difference in the ride of your vehicle and have a lifespan of 50,000 miles up to 100,000 miles; however, on our roads in Paso Robles we suggest replacing main components sooner due to our road conditions and frequent dirt road driving for ranches and vineyards.  Replacing at 50,000 miles is ideal in our more rural area.  Replacing larger components is less likely but can happen as sometimes these parts are twisted or warped from a vehicle collision or fractured from age.  Ball joints, for example, last 70,000-150,000 miles.  In the event that any of your components need to be replaced, we recommend replacing them in pairs as this is a safer approach and keeps your suspension system from having to work too hard to compensate for different levels of suspension.

Signs It’s Time for a Suspension Repair or Shock Replacement

Luckily, your car, truck, or SUV will give you a warning that the suspension needs attention in most cases.  One of the most common symptoms is a rough ride, but we know our roads in Paso Robles can be rough in places, so around here, that may not be enough.  If your car drifts or pulls in one direction it can be a tire imbalance or an issue with your suspension.  If you find that your tires are not wearing evenly and the tire shop balanced them, then you may also be having a suspension issue.  A less obvious symptom your vehicle will need suspension repair is if the nose of your car dips while stopping.  If you suspect your vehicle is showing any of these warning signs, make an appointment to bring it in for a suspension inspection or stop on by at your convenience.  We are always happy to talk to our customers and neighbors here in the Paso Robles and Templeton area.

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