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Saturn SL1 Shocks and Struts Replacement Costs
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Find a mechanic for Shocks and Struts replacement
Worn shocks and struts can make noise, create a bumpy ride – and make your car completely unenjoyable (not to mention unsafe!). That’s why, when the time comes for replacement, you’ll want to find someone who can do the job right. The following tips will help you select a mechanic you can trust.
How to find a mobile mechanic for Shocks and Struts replacement?
Select a certified professional
The new car smell may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean your car doesn’t deserve the best – even if it’s seen better days. You don’t want just anyone popping the hood and poking around. Look for a certified mechanic who has experience working with your car’s make and model.
Also, keep in mind, there are many different areas a technician can specialize in. You’ll want to choose someone who has A4 Steering and Suspension Repair certification.
Do they have a good reputation?
Recommendations, either via word-of-mouth or internet reviews, are a great way to find a stellar mechanic. If a repair business has been around for a long time and has a devoted following, you can bet they operate with intelligence and integrity.
Do they seem professional?
Repair in your driveway should be a professional experience. You’ll know you’re in good hands when a mechanic, in a clean uniform, arrives in a company vehicle equipped with tools and car parts to complete the job. Time to raise your standards.
Don’t be left guessing about quality
The quality of shocks and struts varies, as does the caliber of the work being performed. Always ask about warranties when you schedule an appointment. Warranties offer quality assurance and protect you in the rare case that something goes wrong with your repair.
How to find a local repair shop for Shocks and Struts replacement?
Look for a certified mechanic
Check to make sure the shop is working with only the best, aka ASE certified professionals. In particular, you’ll want to ask whether the mechanic assigned to your car has A4 Steering and Suspension certification. And if the shop doesn’t have the right credentials, move on.
Reputation is everything
The best shops have a loyal clientele – and a packed schedule to prove it. Online recommendations or word-of-mouth suggestions will help you find a mechanic with an outstanding reputation.
Are they helpful?
A good shop will take the time to explain any necessary shock and strut work in detail. They will also be honest about pricing (including giving you an estimate for parts and labor) and won’t try to add on any unnecessary repairs.
Do they offer a warranty?
Replacing your shocks or struts is something you only want to do once. Ask about warranty coverage when you schedule your appointment. A sound warranty provides peace of mind that you’re getting OEM-grade shocks or struts and expert repair.
What exactly are Shocks and Struts?
You like the fact that you can drive your car without getting a sore tailbone, right? Well, you can thank your shocks and struts for that. They are what is known as suspension dampeners, and they’re the best friend your butt has never heard of.Usually a car has one dampener at each wheel. And while shocks and struts are both dampeners, they’re a little bit different. Shocks are simply a part of the suspension, while struts are part of the car’s structure as well. Struts serve as a platform for a car’s springs, and are fully integrated with them. Front struts are often used as a pivot point for the front wheels, allowing them to turn.
Symptoms of failing Shocks and Struts
A bouncy ride
Yeah, I’m sure you can ride a mechanical bull better than your buddies. But save it for the dive bar. If your car feels like it’s driving over a bed of marbles, that’s a pretty good sign that your shocks or struts are failing.
Damaged struts or shocks mean the car will be absorbing more impact when you drive, which isn’t good. A lot of that impact goes into the tires, which may have cupping. Cupped tires are tires with valleys and hills in the treading. They look weird, because they ARE weird.
Ahh, the sweet sound of your car scraping on asphalt. If you suddenly find your car bottoming out with regularity, it’s probably not that double cheeseburger you had at lunch. It’s likely the result of busted shocks or struts.
Front end dives
Ever hit the brakes, only to have the front of your car dip like a roller coaster at the county fair? Kind of fun, right? But not good. That’s the result of bad struts or shocks.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but bizarre noises coming from your car isn’t a good sign. If that noise is a knocking sound, it’s probably the shocks or struts.
How urgent are Shock and Strut replacements?
Driving with bad shocks or struts will do more than just have you grabbing for a pillow to sit on. It can impact the steering of your car, and the well-being of other components, like your tires. It’s not going to get better just sitting there, so get it fixed.