The shock repair services offered by Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum are trusted by many customers throughout Phoenix and Glendale.
We perform high-quality, efficient work every time, and we place our focus on providing excellent customer service so that we can earn the trust of each person we serve. We believe that by taking care of all of the small details, we can take the stress out of bringing your car in for work. Shocks may not seem like a very important part of your automobile’s overall well being, but if the shocks are bad, you could do a lot of damage and put a lot of people in danger!
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Shocks Shop Phoenix, AZ
Worn shocks can do more than just making a rougher ride for you and your passengers. It can be very bad for your tires to drive with bad shocks, causing them to wear unevenly. Bad shocks can also affect how long it takes for you to stop after applying the brakes, especially when roads are wet. This means you, your passengers, and other drivers are all at risk of an accident, all because of shocks that need to be replaced!
Shocks, struts and the rest of your suspension system can become damaged or worn out from driving on bumpy roads or from an accident. They are designed to take the impact of road imperfections, but they can only handle so much! To ensure that your shocks are in good shape, depend on a reputable name in the business, Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum, for all your inspections and repairs.
Shocks and Struts – What’s the Difference?
Television commercials and auto repair shops will use this phrase assuming that everyone knows the difference between shocks and struts. Phoenix garages can easily talk over your head or give you way more information that you know how to process… without ever really stopping to ask if you understand.
One thing that Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum prides ourselves on is the ability to explain things in a way that our customers can understand. Whether you’re a capable mechanic who does the majority of your own repairs and services or someone who doesn’t know much at all other than how to put gas in and turn the ignition – and trust us, we’ve seen them all! – our team will give you a full explanation in your own terms so that you know exactly what we can do for you!
So, here’s our explanation on shocks and struts:
Shocks, also called shock absorbers, keep your vehicle from bouncing up and down, making your ride much more comfortable. They also improve handling, also a major benefit to you, the driver.
The smooth ride is only one benefit of good shocks. Shocks were designed specifically to protect the more expensive, less flexible parts of your automobile. When your shocks absorb the force of potholes, bumps and dips in the road, the rest of your vehicle is being protected. Most of your car or truck is made of rigid metal or plastic, so it won’t handle jarring very well.
When your shocks are new, you won’t feel every bump in the road, but as they wear out over time, you’ll definitely notice. An inspection can verify your suspicions. Once the shocks are replaced, don’t be surprised if your car or truck drives like new again!
Struts were invented because lighter, smaller vehicles utilizing front-wheel drive needed an efficient suspension system, different from the SLA systems that had been used on vehicles manufactured up until the mid-1970s.
One function of struts is to absorb some of the bumps that go along with normal driving conditions. This is primarily why auto repair experts tend to refer to shocks and struts in the same conversations. Struts also maintain the vehicle’s proper height. Struts are found where the chassis and body are connected. Coil springs are mounted to the struts to maintain distance between the frame and the body.
In some models, struts can be used to do minor alignments. This is advantageous to drivers because it’s often less expensive and much easier to adjust the struts rather than doing a total body alignment.
Phoenix AZ Shocks Repair
Shock repair is relatively simple to do when compared to some of the other services we provide. There are a few ways we can determine if your shocks need repair, and we have experience needed to repair or replace any type of shocks on all makes and models. Some are easy to get to, while others require a little more work. Count on us to do your shock repair, and you’ll never find yourself doing this challenging solo task again!
In most cases, shocks repair isn’t really possible. Shocks are designed to be replaced by manufacturers, not to steal more of your hard-earned cash, but to provide you with the smoothest, most comfortable ride possible.
Because struts and shocks are replaced periodically, you will continue to enjoy the benefits of a properly working suspension system without having to fork over thousands of dollars to replace the whole thing!
As long as your shocks repair service is done by a qualified mechanic, your suspension system will be protected from harsh driving conditions for years to come. Phoenix drivers can depend on Chelsee’s for honest, long-lasting repairs.
Here’s a basic rundown of our shock repair and inspection services:
When we inspect your shocks, one of the first tests we’ll do is a simple bounce test. Pressing down on one corner of the vehicle – just above the tire – will let us know if the shock is working properly. If the corner continues to bounce after the pressure is released, then the Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum pros will know it’s time to replace the shock or strut. Further examination will be done to see which one.
We also look for tell-tale signs of oil leakage around the tire. This is a good sign that there is something wrong with the shocks, so we know exactly where to look further. If damage is found, we still may recommend having all of your shocks or struts replaced, even if it isn’t quite time. We know how busy life can get and that most customers are likely to forget that they had one replaced and will let the others go way too long! Our recommendation will take into account the age and condition of the parts on your vehicle and how long it is until your next replacement is needed.
Your shocks and struts should be inspected annually, at least. Having a complete inspection of the struts and shocks done when you have other annual services is an easy way to remember it!
Shocks should be replaced every 50,000 miles or more. We recommend having them inspected after the first 40,000 to 50,000 miles to see where you stand. Your Phoenix auto repair garage should tell you honestly whether or not they need replacing at that point. If they’re looking good, your mechanic can estimate how long it will be before you do need shock replacement.
As we just discussed, Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum recommends replacing all the shocks at once, whether your vehicle has two, like most modern cars and trucks, or four, like older models. This practice will balance the wear and tear your vehicle is exposed to, and you will protect other parts, like the tires.
Replacing the struts in your vehicle is a service we can provide while you wait. We certainly don’t mind if you drop your vehicle off with us for a few hours either, though. Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum is foremost concerned with making our services convenient for our customers, so whatever works best for you is good for us, too.
We’re mainly talking about shocks here, but it’s important to us to caution drivers about working with struts on their own. The coil springs are large and powerful, and if they aren’t removed correctly, they could cause a lot of damage or injury, aside from being nearly impossible to reinstall!
Auto care specialists like Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum have equipment that can compress the spring attached to your struts so that we don’t get injured when working with them.
Struts have pistons and other components that can get damaged. It’s difficult to tell whether a repair can be made or if a strut replacement is in order until we get the automobile up on the racks and take a good look.
Don’t hesitate to bring your car or truck to Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum if you think there’s a problem with the shocks or struts! What takes us a few minutes to check could save you hours and hundreds of dollars in services later!
Cost of Shock Repair
Our shock services are affordably priced within Phoenix, AZ, and we’ll have you approve a cost estimate before we start a job. This way, you know what to expect and don’t get that all-too-common sticker shock at the check-out desk!
Shocks cost anywhere from $25 to $300… each. Some makes and models cost even more, putting the cost of shock repair for some vehicles at well over $1000. The good news is that most shocks don’t cost that much, and with an experienced mechanic, labor will be reasonably priced.
The average Chelsee’s customer pays far less than that for complete shock repair or replacement, including inspection and labor. We know how important it is to our valued customers to keep money in their pocket, so we keep our prices competitive in order to help them do that!
You can definitely save money by doing shocks repair yourself if you’re familiar enough with automotive repair and have the time and skill to do the work, but there’s no guarantee that it’s done right… not like the guarantee you’ll get from a pro like Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum! Don’t take that chance unless you’re 100% sure you can do the job at the same high standards that we can promise!
You can be confident that Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum will always recommend the right services and give you the best price on parts and labor. We don’t overcharge for the same parts you could go buy yourself, and we always supply quality workmanship at prices that are fair and competitive with other Glendale and Phoenix repair garage. Continued support from our local customers is important to us, and we know that the easiest way to earn and keep your trust is through honest, professional services and pricing!
Convenient Hours of Operation
We want to accommodate any of your scheduling needs, so we’ll make it easy to leave your car with us. We’ll complete our repairs on time so that you don’t have to wait when you come to pick your car up. With knowledgeable office staff members, we can make sure that all customer questions are answered thoroughly as well.
Regardless of the scope of your shock repair, we have the tools needed to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Whether it takes a few hours or a few days to complete the inspection, repairs or replacement that you need done, our team will work as fast as possible without sacrificing quality and care. Few other Phoenix mechanics can promise you that!
Shocks and struts protect your vehicle and make it overall much more comfortable to drive. We can give you even more information about the role these components play in your suspension system if you’re interested! To learn more about the services offered by Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum, contact us today.