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Autocare Services (Exeter)
Unit 5 & 6, Hennock Road North, Marsh Barton, Exeter, EX2 8NJ
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NHS, & forces discount available12,000 mile/12 month warrantyRMI and RAC approved Garage

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Autocare Services is one of Exeter’s leading and largest independent car repair garages on Marsh Barton offering a full range of services for all makes and models of vehicles. -Servicing for all makes and models (up to a standard not down to a price) -Mot testing class 4 and 7 -Hybrid and EV servic...

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HiQ Tyres & Autocare Plymouth
UNIT 205-216, FARADAY MILL BUSINESS PARK, PLYMOUTH, PL4 0ST
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At HiQ Plymouth we are proud to be a Trading Standards and RAC approved garage. Here at HiQ Plymouth, we offer MOT'S, vehicle repairs and servicing for individuals, companies and businesses across Devon. We stock leading tyre brands such as Goodyear, Dunlop and Sava along with other leading tyre bra...

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Motorcare
1 Groveley Business Centre, Groveley Road, Christchurch, BH23 3HB
136 Reviews

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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT (01-04-2020) Stuart has been operating Motorcare in Southbourne for the last 15 years and has now expanded, buying out Super Service, in the middle of a global pandemic and moving in on April fools day! (seriously, this is not a joke) We aim to carry out the same great service ...

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Fast Fit Poole Offers
70 Nuffield Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate, Poole, BH17 0RS
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Our highly trained technicians at Fast Fit Poole offer thorough and comprehensive car servicing for most makes and models of vehicles. We carry out all of our work in accordance to the manufacturer's specifications and use genuine / approved parts to avoid invalidating your warranty. In addition to...

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Bill Lomas Motor Services Ltd
Blachford Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0AD
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Bill Lomas Motor Services is a one-stop-shop in Blachford Road. Here, you can be confident you’ll receive exceptional service on every visit. We ensure that we cater to all of our customers and their vehicle’s needs. With over 30 years experience in the motoring industry, we are able to conduct serv...

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Marshall Motors SW Ltd - Offers
26 Valley Road, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1RF
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Marshall Motors SW LTD is an independently run business that prides itself on offering unrivaled sales, services, MOTs and mechanical repairs to its customers in the local area and further afield. We offer a comprehensive range of services so whether you need to book an MOT, have your car inspect...

What are shock absorbers?

When a car is moving over rough or uneven surfaces, shock absorbers help to stop the car bouncing or vibrating too much and ensure that the tyres have full contact with the road surface all the time.

Why are shock absorbers important?

Enormous demands are placed on certain parts of cars when being driven. Shock absorbers are found on a car’s suspension, where they take the strain of all the constant bouncing up and down of the vehicle. Most cars’ wheels also have them. Worn shock absorbers will affect the car’s handling and braking, which can reduce your safety.

How do shock absorbers work?

Shock absorbers have a piston inside them that moves up and down in line with the suspension and, depending on the vehicle, hydraulic fluid or air chambers absorb the energy from the road caused by vibration.

What causes shock absorber problems?

 

  • If a car hits a pothole or curb, a shock absorber might get damaged.
  • When a car is in an accident, there is a chance that its shock absorbers will be damaged.
  • If the springs in the piston of a car’s shock absorber break or the hydraulic fluid or air leaks out.

 

What are the signs that a car needs a shock absorber repair?

Your car will usually need a shock absorber repair if you notice any of the following:

  • The pattern of tyre wear looks like cups or is “scalloping,” which is when the tread looks wavy all around, because the tyre isn’t able to stay firmly on the road.
  • If a car feels different to drive on a familiar road, its shock absorbers might be worn or damaged
  • When a car’s stopping distance is up to 20% further than usual.
  • If a car bounces more than it normally would while driving over bumps.
  • Whenever a car swings up and down like a boat.
  • If a car swerves and dips when the brakes are used.
  • On those occasions when tyres start squealing when a car goes around corners.
  • If a car’s suspension squeaks.

 

How long does a shock absorber repair take?

 

  • Replacing a shock absorber is a relatively simple job to perform.
  • A standalone shock absorber is connected to a car’s suspension and frame and can be changed quickly.
  • A strut shock absorber is harder to change because suspension coil springs and the strut unit have to be removed to get the work done.

 

How much do shock absorbers cost?

 

  • The cost of an individual shock absorber can be up to £200, but labour needs to be factored in.
  • Buying shock absorbers in pairs will lower the cost.
  • When shock absorbers are replaced, the suspension mounts are removed and should be changed at the same time, which will add a little more to the cost.

 

Driving in the South West

The South West contains some truly iconic destinations, including Stonehenge, the New Forest, the Eden Project and of course the fantastic beaches of the longest regional coastline in Britain. The region’s biggest city is Bristol, and other major conurbations include Plymouth, Bath, Swindon and Bournemouth.

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