Auto Care Plus

Serving Orange and the surrounding area for over 40 years

Auto Care Plus - Serving Orange and the surrounding area for over 40 years

Check Your Shocks and Struts at Auto Care Plus

Today we’re talking to Orange motorists about shocks and struts. They’re so easy for CA folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they’re very .

Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting in corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for Orange drivers.

Visit Auto Care Plus to have your shocks and struts inspected by a professional tech. You can find us at 1432 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92867
Or give us a call at (714) 771-7587 to make an appointment.

There’s a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit.

When your shocks are worn out you may notice degraded handling as you drive around our Orange streets. Your vehicle feels squirmy around corners and floaty over bumps. Orange drivers may notice the rear end squatting when they accelerate or the front end diving when you brake. Your car might even be sagging at one corner. 

Uneven tire wear can also be a a vital sign of worn shocks for Orange car owners. Of course, if your shocks are leaking or have a big dent, they need to be replaced. Talk to your friendly Auto Care Plus service professional.

Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to replace the shocks and struts on your SUV. It’s usually between thirty and fifty thousand miles. Of course, if you tow a lot, regularly carry heavy loads or do a lot of driving on bumpy Orange roads, your shocks might wear out faster.

If those Buena Park area driving conditions apply to you, you can get special shocks that are better suited to your driving.

The shocks that come from the factory are designed for the way most consumers are expected to drive that particular vehicle. If you have different needs for your driving around Orange, CA, you can get premium shocks that improve performance handling, off-road abilities or towing comfort. Your Orange, CA service advisor at Auto Care Plus can help you determine your needs and then give you some options.

It’s best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you’ll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be detrimental.

Suspension Service At Auto Care Plus In Orange

Suspension systems function effectively for many years and tens of thousands of miles. Eventually, however, SUV suspension components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive around Orange and Stanton.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth CA highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy Orange roads or haul heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, SUV suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in the road. Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, SUV car makers recommend periodic inspections.

Suspension Service At Auto Care PlusDuring an inspection at Auto Care Plus in Orange, your friendly automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts.

Here’s a quick rundown of suspension system components:

First there are the springs which hold the weight of your SUV. There are several varieties of springs. Springs are obviously important heavy duty parts that rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers work in conjunction with springs to smooth out the ride and help keep the tires on the road. Good shocks are essential for handling performance and ride comfort.

You’ve probably heard of struts. They combine a shock absorber and a coil spring in one unit. Shocks and struts will wear out over time. If your tires develop a cupped wear pattern, your shocks or struts may be wearing out. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your SUV dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you’ve stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them at Auto Care Plus.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Auto Care Plus for a a critical suspension inspection. Same if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your wheels. If your SUV suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so don’t put it off.

When you replace your shocks, it’s usually a good idea to replace all four at the same time. That’ll give you more even handling. Talk with your friendly Auto Care Plus technician because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet.

There are different grades of shocks and struts. You always want to use a replacement shock or strut that equals the one that came as original equipment when your SUV was new. But remember, they were designed to meet the expected needs of the broad range of Stanton people who buy that particular vehicle. Your needs may be more specialized.

For example, if you want increased handling performance, your friendly Auto Care Plus advisor can recommend an upgraded shock or strut specially designed for improved handling. If you haul heavy loads or trailers in Orange, we can recommend some heavy duty shock absorbers.