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When it comes to vehicle repairs, most of us know that we need to have our oil changed every 3 months. Keeping a regular oil schedule is also made much easier when our mechanics put a maintenance sticker in the left hand side of our window letting us know exactly when we are due for another oil change. But what about other maintenance routines? Do you know how often you need to have your brakes checked? Do you know how regularly you should check your alignment? What about your shocks and struts? Very few drivers understand the importance of maintaining shocks and struts on a regular maintenance schedule. Let's take a look at how often you need to have them repaired.
Before we talk about how often we need to have our shocks and struts repaired, let's discuss how we can prevent the need for shock and strut repair. Like any other component of our vehicle, our shocks and struts can benefit from regular preventative maintenance. What does this mean? Preventative maintenance is the idea of taking your vehicle in for a checkup before something actually goes wrong. Many people avoid doing this to save money, but what they don't realize is that they are actually costing themselves more in the long run. When it comes to shock and strut maintenance, an inspection is affordable and quick. But if you avoid going for regular inspections and your shocks and struts begin to wear, this can also affect the performance and condition of other things like additional suspension components and the wheels. In return, you won't just end up paying for shock and strut repair, but also for an array of other repairs on top - repairs that could have been avoided through regular maintenance.
If you fail to maintain your shocks and struts, you are eventually going to run into the need for repair. Generally speaking, most problems with the shocks and struts begin to occur after 50,000 miles of driving. Once your vehicle hits this point, it is important that you pay special attention to your driving abilities. If your handling seems more difficult, it may be time to bring your vehicle in for repair. Shock and suspension repair issues are often signified by a bumpy ride, by "diving" when stopping, and by difficult cornering or handling. While 50, 000 miles is usually the point where drivers begin experiencing issues, issues can arise long before this. The lifespan of your shocks and struts can be decreased by several things including oil leaks, unpaved roads, and rough driving conditions.
How much does it all cost? That largely depends on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as the extent of the repairs needed. The cost of shock and strut replacement can vary greatly, ranging anywhere from $120 to $1500. Contact a Ramona Tire representative for an estimate regarding your shock and strut maintenance or repair needs.
Visit Ramona Tire & Automotive Service Centers at 12275 Heacock St Moreno Valley, CA 92557 or call (951) 924-9797.
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