Shocks and Struts Replacement in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA
Welcome to the premier auto repair shop in San Jose – Alvin’s Auto Center. Suspension repairs are among some of the most popular repairs/services we offer, with shocks and struts replacement being the most in-demand when it comes to suspension work.
While in the industry we often talk about “shocks and struts”, and they perform similar function, they are different enough that you would not replace a worn out strut with a shock absorber, nor would you replace a shock with a strut.
Struts and shocks do serve to make the ride smoother, and allow for more control over the vehicle, since they dampen the bounce and sway. However the one big difference is that struts provide structural support for the suspension, while shock absorbers do not. Most vehicles will be designed to have either all shock absorbers or all struts. We say most, because there are some designs that have shock absorbers on the rear axle, while on the front axle they have struts.
At Alvin’s Auto Center in Willow Glen, we offer a full range of suspension services and repairs, including shocks and struts replacement. As their internal parts wear out over time, at some point entire unit has to be replaced – shocks or struts should not be taken apart and repaired.
So how can you tell that the shocks or struts should be replaced? Well, sometimes it’s difficult to tell. Often the deterioration is so gradual that we get used to the new feel and handling of the car, and don’t even realize that something is not right. Only after shocks or struts are replaced, then we notice how much better the car handles.
Here are some symptoms that can alert you that the shocks or struts are not quite the way they used to be – if you notice these symptoms, bring your vehicle to Alvin’s Auto Center in Willow Glen, San Jose for a professional suspension inspection. When shocks or struts are worn out, you may experience difficulties in the handling of your vehicle, and braking distance can be extended as well. So here are the symptoms to watch out for:
A) Leaking fluid
B) Vehicle nose dips while braking
C) Vibrations while driving
D) It takes longer to stop the car
E) Cracked bushings can produce tapping sound when going over bumps.
F) Tires wear unevenly
Many of these symptoms can be caused by excessive wear or failure of other components, that’s why we recommend taking your vehicle to a professional mechanic.
When you visit our Willow Glen, San Jose auto repair shop, you will be greeted by our friendly staff, and will experience not only superior customers service, but also:
- 24 months / 24,000 mile warranty on all repairs and services
- Original Equipment quality parts
- Clean, child- friendly office
- Digital Vehicle Inspection
- In most cases, same day service
At Alvin’s Auto Center we welcome your questions, and when you come in to have your vehicle evaluated for shocks or struts issues, or for any other reason, we will provide you with friendly and timely service.
For your convenience, we offer online appointments on our website, or call us at our shop in Willow Glen, San Jose – we are here Monday through Friday, ready to answer your questions and to provide your vehicle with superior care.