Old shocks and struts are like a worn pair of shoes. You usually don’t realize they’ve worn out until their poor condition is obvious. When you need shocks and struts, get fast, affordable service in Yakima from RJ’s Tire Pros & Auto Experts.

We install the best shocks and struts for commercial cars and light trucks to enhance control, minimize swaying through turns, dampen bouncing, increase traction, and reduce stopping distance. Timely maintenance is essential because shocks and struts control suspension movement and keep your tires in contact with the pavement, working with other vehicle systems to ensure a stable, comfortable ride.

When to Replace Shocks and Struts

Recognizing when you need new shocks and struts isn’t always easy due to gradual wear. Their lifespan also varies depending on driving habits, roadway conditions, daily load, and the quality of manufacturer suspension components. Common signs of cars with worn shocks and struts include:

Bumpy or bouncy ride

  • Bouncing rather than gliding down the road or shaking and rattling over rough patches

Steering issues

  • Leaning or drifting out instead of cornering cleanly into turns

Braking problems

  • Vehicle front end dips when you brake (or rear end squats on acceleration)

Visual damage and fluid leaks

  • Dents, damage, corrosion, or wet/greasy looking components

Unusual tire wear

  • Inside or outside edges of a tire wear faster than the middle

Instead of waiting for problems, we suggest checking your shocks and struts as part of routine vehicle maintenance every 50,000 miles. We recommend replacing them in pairs (front or rear), then scheduling an alignment for your car or light truck in our auto repair shop. 

Do I Need Shocks or Struts?

Many vehicles have struts on the front and shocks on the rear, while others have all shocks or all struts. Shocks are independent, while struts combine shock and spring into a single component. If you can’t tell the difference between shocks and struts, consult your owner’s manual, or ask one of our vehicle maintenance experts when you come in for your next tune up.

Don’t Wait on Shock and Strut Replacement

Suspension issues impact your entire vehicle. Bumping, rattling, swaying, and poor contact with the pavement are rough on many parts, especially tires. New shocks and struts will improve performance and driving safety and reduce vehicle wear and tear. They work with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control systems, and automated brakes in emergencies to prevent accidents, making the cost of replacing struts and shocks a worthy investment.

Expert Steering and Suspension Evaluations

When it’s time for new shocks and struts, count on RJ’s friendly, ASE certified professionals. We treat customers like family. Our locally operated auto repair shop provides convenient, hassle-free vehicle maintenance. Visit our repair shop in Yakima, just a short drive from Union Gap, Selah, Naches, Gleed, West Valley, and East Valley. We’ll evaluate your steering and suspension system, providing a trustworthy quote on auto service.

It can be a wild ride if your shocks and struts are worn. Ensure a smooth road ahead. Replace your shocks and struts with service in Yakima from RJ’s Tire Pros & Auto Experts. Contact us at (509) 453-8170 to get a quote on suspension repairs or to schedule an auto service appointment today.

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