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Five Square Motors Ltd
Salisbury Road, Shaftsbury, SP7 8BU
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Established in 1965, Five Square Motors is a family run business with 3 generations of experience in the automotive repair industry, keeping our customers and their vehicles safely on the road. Being a member of the Bosch Car Service Network means we work to a code of practice, ensuring a high level...

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Elite Garages Shaftesbury
Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8AR
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Elite Garages are one of the South’s leading independent tyre, MOT and car service operators with a turnover in excess of £53 million and around 240 employees. Elite Garages is a family-run company covering the whole of the South and South East of England. The company recently celebrated 50 years ...

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Melbury Motor Company
Cann Common, Shaftsbury, SP7 0EB
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Melbury Motor Company is a family-run business that has been providing quality car servicing and repairs in Shaftesbury, Dorset for the last thirty years. With a focus on customer satisfaction, they offer a wide range of services, including MOTs, servicing, brakes and exhausts, tyres, cambelts, diag...

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WINCOMBE MOT & REPAIR CENTRE
17C WINCOMBE BUSINESS PARK, SHAFTESBURY, SP7 9QJ
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Wincombe MOT in Shaftesbury have over 30 years experience working with all the major manufacturers. Our ability to get involved in the more complicated and technically demanding repairs means we will take on just about anything. From regular servicing and maintenance to engine rebuilds or a BMW clu...

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.

 

What do you need from your garage?

This might sound like a question with an obvious answer: you need a garage that can service or repair your car quickly and at a good price. But think again and you may realise there are other factors that affect your choice of garage in Shaftesbury. If you need to bring your son or daughter with you when you take your car in, are there toys in the waiting room? If you’re dropping the car off between school and work, can you pick up a cup of coffee while you’re there? Might the garage even collect your car and drop it back at your house after the work is done? You can find answers to all these questions on BookMyGarage.

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