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Shocks and Strut Repair Newberg Oregon

Shocks and Strut Repair Newberg Oregon

Shocks and Struts are very important to the safety of you and your passengers. At Doran Automotive we work hard to keep your vehicle maintained for Oregon’s diverse weather conditions. As specialists, we can help you repair any issues you may experience with your shocks and struts.   


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Overview of Shocks & Struts

Shocks and struts are designed to keep you in control of your vehicle and aids the steering, suspension, and brakes. The primary function of a shock or strut is to keep the tire in contact with the road which in turn controls spring movement to give the vehicle more body control. They also help with stopping distance, electronic stability control (ESC), ride, handling and tire traction.  When these fail or begin wearing you can see longer braking times and less steering control. We suggest replacing shocks and struts after 50,000 miles (80,000km). Worn shocks and struts can reduce braking ability by as much as 23%.  We’ve compiled a list of the top signs that your shocks and struts need to be repaired/replaced.

8 Signs of Worn Shocks & Struts

Shocks and struts as a vital piece of your vehicle may need to be replaced.  The life and distances that each make and model will depend on a variety of factors.  Although we recommend replacing these around 50,000 miles you can see these 8 common signs of worn shocks.

1. Body roll

Poor handling less stability.

2. Swerve

Loss of steering response and recovery.  

3. Harsh Ride

Noisy, uncomfortable ride.

4. Braking nose dive

Longer stopping distance.

5. Bottom out

Damage or wear of other components.    

6. Acceleration Squat

Loss of traction, control, and handling.

7. Traction loss

longer stopping distance and handling.

8. Uneven Tire Wear

Shorter tire life, more road noise.

If you’re experiencing these conditions, It may be time for new shocks.  We encourage you to schedule a time where we can review your car to confirm this is an issue.

How Shocks and  Electronic Stability (ESC) Control Work Together

ESC is designed to help you regain control during emergency maneuvers.  In the event that you lose your control of your vehicle, for example sliding, you may experience a jarring of your vehicle.  This is your ESC quickly pumping the brakes to help your vehicle regain control and bring you to a stop.  When your struts and shocks are worn this can cause the system to be less responsive and later cause an accident.


Struts and Shock Repair Expertise

Keeping your struts and shocks repaired is important as Oregon’s weather like rain, snow and ice can keep your vehicle road ready.  Our technicians can help you diagnose issues that relate to these important elements of your car. With decades of experience, we can quickly diagnose and replace your struts.  We encourage you to give us call to make sure your car is tuned up every fall to keep you safe. We look forward to hearing from you.