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Portsmouth MOT Test Centre
Portsmouth MOT Centre, Alchorne Place, Portsmouth, PO3 5QL
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Family run businessOver 40 years experience

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We are a well established, reliable and family run business based in Portsmouth Established in Portsmouth and with over 40 years experience, we have built a large portfolio of happy and satisfied customers, priding ourselves on professionalism, cleanliness, and an attitude that customers come fir...

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Drayton MOT Centre
192 Havant Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, PO6 2EH
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With over 30 years’ experienceWe provide 5 star serviceCall us for additional service options

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With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, our team at Drayton MOT centre guarantees a reliable and efficient service. Our fully trained mechanics are experts in providing quality original equipment parts or equivalent parts; sourcing and testing to the quality to make sure they’re good enough ...

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PGS Ltd
PGS Garage Services, Unit 1a, Hamilton Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 4QE
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PGS Garage have an excellent reputation within the local areas including Portsmouth and surrounding locations. Excellent customer service and explanation of work. We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and speedy service at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality...

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Nistec UK Ltd
Unit 1 Copnor Bridge Business Park, Milton Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6AP
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28yrs combined main dealership exp

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Nistec UK are Portsmouth’s No. 1 independent service provider for Nissan and Vauxhall owners. With 22 years of combined main dealership experience, Adam and Ben have set up their own specialist garage. Our mechanics are highly qualified and experienced to offer the quality of a main dealer at a sen...

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Drive-in Automotive
Durham Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1NA
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Please call if you need a same day appointment CITY CENTRE location an ideal place to have work carried out on your vehicle . Bob and Mario lead a team of fully trained mechanics, dedicated to giving a high level of quality workmanship. Using some of the latest equipment we endeavour to give a quick...

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Alexander Autos
32 Portsmouth Enterprise Centre, Quartremaine Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5QT
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Here are some of the services we can provide; *Main Dealer Level Servicing and Repairs for all makes and models *Tyres *Wheel alignment *MOT *Economy or Performance Tuning (Remapping) *Air Conditioning Service *Brakes *Brake disc skimming

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. That's why you must book a shock absorber repair promptly if anything feels wrong with your car's suspension.

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?

 

  • It’s hard to know if there is a problem with your shock absorbers as they usually fail over time.
  • 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 Portsmouth

This waterfront city in Hampshire is the most densely populated city in the UK. This means that traffic can build at Portsmouth’s rush hour, but that it’s also packed with things to do and see for all ages.

Tourists are drawn to the area for its proximity to the sea, but Portsmouth’s naval history is also a prominent feature with numerous related attractions, such as The Historic Dockyard, the D-Day Museum, the Royal Naval Museum, and the Royal Marines Museum. A number of iconic ships adorn the dockyard such as the HMS Victory, the HMS Warrior and Henry VIII’s Tudor warship the Mary Rose. For those who can handle heights, there are marvellous views from the observation deck of the Spinnaker Tower, a sweep of glass and steel shaped like a sail, which lays claim to being Britain's tallest tower outside London.

Portsmouth has a prestigious literary history and is the birthplace of many celebrated authors from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Michelle Magorian, H.G. Wells to Neil Gaiman and most notably, Charles Dickens. The modest house in Old Commercial Road was his former abode and has been restyled to resemble the original Dickens family home.

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