While the function of shocks and struts is very similar, the biggest difference is in how they mount to your vehicle. Shocks function in addition to other suspension components, while struts are designed as a pivot point for the steering mechanism. Struts behave as a dampening device that absorbs excessive bounce. The strut assembly combines coil springs, spring seats, strut bearings, and shock absorbers into one working unit. The steering arm or steering knuckle is also included in some strut designs. Struts use a piston to absorb high lateral loads. The spring seat and strut bearing allow the shock to pivot with the front wheels and the steering mechanism. Struts and accompanying suspension components help push tires back into place when one leaves the road. Overall, struts work in conjunction with the rest of the suspension system to help stabilize the vehicle while maintaining a comfortable and safe ride.
Worn struts increase braking distance and increase body roll, sway, and bounce rate. The bounce test, wherein you bounce on each corner of your vehicle a few times, is a good way to determine whether or not you need to schedule a strut replacement. If your vehicle bounces and settles, your struts are operating as they should. If your vehicle continues to bounce, you should seek to replace the struts on your suspension system as soon as possible. Other signs that your struts need to be replaced include excessive brake dive, acceleration squat, body roll or sway, and unusual tire wear patterns. Unusual noise from struts may also indicate that the spring seat or strut bearing requires a replacement. If you experience any of the above signs of worn struts, contact us immediately. Having your struts replaced will improve braking, handling, and the overall controllability of your vehicle.
We proudly service the Struts Replacement needs of customers in Oxford, MS, Water Valley, MS, Abbeville, MS, and surrounding areas.
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Abbeville MS | Oxford MS | Water Valley MS | and surrounding areas
When Johnny Simmons purchased Oxford Tire Inc. in 1996, his goal was clear---he wanted to offer high quality auto repairs for drivers in Oxford, Water Valley, and Abbeville, MS, as well as the surrounding areas. Though times have changed since then, our commitment to quality service remains. Our shop offers the highest quality auto repairs for your car, truck, or SUV. You can also come to us for Penske truck rentals, or when you need tires. We stock a large inventory of tires from today's hottest brands; every purchase of 4 tires at our shop gives you free lifetime rotations, too. As a valued customer, we want to take the hassle out of getting your car fixed. It's why we offer an after hours key drop, free pick up and drop off service and convenient Saturday hours. With nearly 20 years of experience, make Oxford Tire Inc. your first and only stop when you need auto repairs. Call us now to make an appointment.