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LD Garage Services
36, Bennet Road, Reading, RG2 0QX
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LD Garage Services has been established since 2008. We are an RAC Approved garage and AA Accredited.

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SONNING COMMON GARAGE LTD
PEPPARD ROAD, SONNING COMMON, READING, RG4 9SU
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We are a family fun and highly professional car repair, service and MOT Garage. Established in 1960, we can service and repair all makes and models including cars still under warranty. Whatever your requirements for service, MOT, repairs or diagnostics let our experienced team look after your motori...

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Cardiff Rd Tyres & Mechanical Repairs
173 Cardiff Rd, Reading, RG1 8HD
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WE DO MOTs, TYRES, BRAKES, SERVICING ALL BODYWORK AND ALL KIND OF AUTOREPAIR. Cardiff Rd Tyres & Mechanical Repairs - one-stop shop for all of your vehicle needs

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In n Out Auto Centres - Reading
6 Trade City, Sentinel End, Reading, RG2 0BF
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IN'n'OUT Autocentres are experts in vehicle servicing, MOT's & repairs. We were established in 2008 and have over 25 autocentres nationwide. All our workshop technicians are trained to the highest standards. Many of whom have joined us from big brand main dealers. They are car enthusiasts and put as...

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Car Service Centre Reading
5, Lower Armour Road, Tilehurst, Tilehurst Reading, RG31 6HH
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Whether you need to book your vehicle in for its annual MOT or you are wanting to service your vehicle to guarantee that it is running to its full capacity, then contact us today. Our garage based in Tilehurst Reading and has over 25 years’ experience offering our customers an exceptional service. ...

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Servicing Master Centre
181 Cardiff Road, Reading, RG1 8HD
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Welcome to The Servicing Master Center in Reading, Berkshire. We are a local independent garage serving Reading, Berkshire and around 10 miles surrounding area for all makes of vehicle. We offer Full Service, Major Service, Interim Service, Body Work, Engine Work, Tyre and other services. We al...

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 Reading

Located in the Thames Valley to the west of London, Reading in Berkshire is not too well-known as one of Britain’s must-visit towns. However, once you get there, you’ll discover a surprising amount of things to see and do. It is sometimes described as being on London’s commuter belt but the influx of daily traffic outweighs the outflow due to the large number of tech companies and international businesses which have made Reading their home.

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