If your vehicle is beginning to ride like a jalopy, your shocks/struts are likely to blame. Signs that you need shock/strut repair are: ailing/aging shocks/struts include bouncy trips, ‘bottoming out’ when you hit a bump or dip in the road, front end ‘bowing/dipping’ during a sudden stop, a bouncy tire while driving down the road or loss of control when you brake quickly. Worn out shocks will also cause tire treads to “cup,” which will wear them out prematurely. And if your vehicles wanders more than usual as you’re changing lanes, or if it ‘sags’ in the front or back, you’re probably due for shocks/struts and/or some other suspension work. Let one of Chuck’s AAA-approved for total car care, ASE-certified master mechanics sort it out for you.
What shocks do
Shocks (no surprise here) absorb shock for your vehicle. Shocks are designed to remove the “shock” from the road that travels through the tire and the rest of the vehicle. They make your drive smooth and comfortable. You may start noticing a difference in the comfortableness of your vehicle somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 miles because your car bounces and jounces a lot—you just don’t realize it until your shocks start wearing out. Check your owner’s manual; most manufacturers recommend that you have your shocks assessed yearly for your safety and comfort.
What struts do
Your struts control the spring and suspension movements that keep your tires connected to the road. These days, the vast majority of front-wheel drive vehicles feature a McPherson strut suspension system: coil springs and shocks combined into a single unit. Struts are pricier than shocks but they usually last longer. Still, a yearly inspection of your struts is a good idea, too. (Check your owner’s manual to confirm)
Please take a few moments and watch our video below to help you visually understand the form and function of your vehicles Shocks or Struts.
Coil springs (mentioned above) matter too
Coil springs help keep the bounciness of your vehicle to a bare minimum. Coil springs begin to weaken and sag with the passage of time, so have them checked annually, too, at the same time we're looking at your shock/struts.
Here at Chuck’s Auto Repair, you can be sure we’re taking great care of your car, truck or minivan. Nominated twice by KING 5 TV’s Best of Washington Contest as the best auto repair shop in Seattle, our goal is to keep you on the road safely, comfortably and affordably. Our AAA-approved for total car care, ASE-certified master mechanics at both our North Seattle and our Shoreline locations know a thing or two about whatever it is that’s ailing your vehicle.
So long before your shocks/struts start making you feel like you’re riding around Seattle on the back of Tigger, give us a call—we’ll smooth out your ride in no time.
We had to have our worn out shocks and struts replaced and as always, Chuck's Auto Repair provided the best service! We've been bringing our car there for service and repair for the past 5-7 years (at least) and love it! We can depend on the staff to do a great job and to be honest with us! Thank you Chuck's for being there!
(both big and routine) done on my 17-yr old Honda Element and all the work has been trouble-free and on-time. Incidentally, their bumper-to-bumper vehicle inspection is highly recommended. With printout in hand one can easily review any repairs necessary (color-graded according to how critical they are). It comes complete with detailed descriptions, even photos (!). By studying the report the customer can take the time to thoughtfully assess what needs to be done and how soon. I also trust their counsel and judgement because they have assured me many times that certain possible repairs listed on the report can be postponed into the future and be simply monitored for now. In other words, there is never any sales "pressure" at the counter. All that plus their timely communications make for a consummate and reliable automobile service experience.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
posted 2 months ago
Fantastic service, customer service, car maintenance. Superbly accommodating and understanding of prices and financial situations. Willing to work with customers on...
prioritizing what needs to be done immediately (safety concerns) and what can wait. Employees are always kind and speak to you in a way that, even if you don't know much about cars, that you can understand doesn't make you feel incompetent of understanding the situation. I've only had positive experiences and definitely plan on coming back. Thank you so much.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
posted 4 months ago
As a first-time customer I was treated like a regular. My initial estimate was received promptly and so was the service. These guys really did me a huge favor, resulting in a...
explained very clearly everything they recommended and the pricing. They stayed within the estimate and had our car back to us quickly - in Monday and out on Wednesday. We have been taking our cars there for decades, starting when Chuck Peters, the original owner, was there. The new owner and staff have continued Chuck's tradition of fast, friendly, reliable service. We highly recommend them.