A Comfortable Guide to Suspension Repair

Your car’s suspension does much more than giving you a comfortable ride. It helps control your car, helps you brake at higher speeds, and can make your driving experience better overall. However, when you have a suspension issue, your car won’t be comfortable and will drive badly.

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Car suspension repair can be complicated. Subaru of Sonora is here to explain common issues with car suspension so you can seek the best suspension service for car struts and car shocks in Sonora. 

Subaru of Sonora offers a variety of suspension repair and services. We service all makes and models of cars and trucks in the Sonoma, California, and Tuolumne county area.

Common Issues of Suspension Wear and Damage

Here are some common signs of wear and damage to car suspension:
  • Car bounces
  • Clunking sounds when a car moves on the road
  • Car sways or veers oddly while driving
  • Squeaks and odd sounds
  • Certain wheels appearing higher or lower as the car rests
  • Hard steering or wheel is hard to move when the car isn't in motion 
Car suspension takes a beating and is amazing how much abuse it can take before an issue develops. Cracks in the road, sudden drops like that into potholes, and the rare rock in the road can cause damage to the suspension. 

To keep your car riding smooth and the suspension operating safely, at any sign of an issue with your car's suspension please have it inspected by a technician. Even the smallest of issues can develop into greater issues if they go un repaired. 

If you are experiencing any issues with your suspension, please give Subaru of Sonora a call us at (888) 392-4076 or click this link to schedule service.

Car Shocks and Springs

What are Car Shocks and Spring?

Shocks and spring are what most people consider the main parts of a car's suspension. 

Car shocks help control how fast a wheel can move up or down. In the case of a pothole, shocks keep the wheel from going too far too quickly and help cushion when the wheel rides up the edge of the pothole. 

Car springs help support the car by pushing it off the road. Shocks only help cushion sudden drops and lifts; springs force the car upward and help the shocks to recover.

Signs of Wear and Damage to Car Shock and Springs

Here are some signs of wear and damage to shocks and springs
Bouncing suspension when shocks develop issues
Lowered car height, either one wheel or multiple, as springs have been damaged
Odd sounds when the car is in motion 

Damage to springs and shocks can also create additional damage to the car's body. These parts are always in motion and help protect the car, but once broken they can cause damage to where they are mounted or allow the car body to hit the road or objects. 

Diagnosing spring and shock issues can be complicated. Luckily, Subaru of Sonora's technicians can diagnose and repair shock and springs quickly. Please give Subaru of Sonora a call at (888) 392-4076 or click this link to schedule service.

Car Shock and Springs Repair Cost In Sonora Ca

Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, and what parts are needing to be replaced, the cost for new shocks and springs can vary between $150 to $1000. Please understand that luxury cars have more complicated suspension and thus more expensive to repair.

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Car Struts

What are Car Struts?

Car struts can be thought of as an "all-in-one" spring and shock package. They are becoming very popular in modern cars, and many struts on higher performance cars are very advanced. They can provide a better ride as the spring and shock can work together at the same leverage point over a wheel.

Signs of Wear and Damage to Car Struts

Here are some signs of wear and damage to car struts:
  • Bouncing suspension
  • Lowered car height, either one wheel or multiple
  • Odd sounds when the car is in motion 
As you can see, the strut works exactly like the shock and spring package from above, so many of the signs of wear and damage are the same. If you seek service, it's not important to know if you have a car with struts or with shocks and springs. The repair process is similar, however, the amount of time needed to service struts can be lower in some cases. 

If you want someone to properly inspect your struts and offer repair services, please give Subaru of Sonora a call at (888) 392-4076 or visit our website for a free quote of service.

Car Strut Repair Cost Sonora California

As car struts are more advanced units where many of the parts can't be replaced on their own, car strut repair costs can be a little higher. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, the service can cost between $150 and $1200. Again, luxury vehicles have more costly repair costs due to their more sophisticated suspension.

Sway Bars and Parts of Steering in Suspension

What are Sway Bars and Steering Parts on Suspension?

Some of a car's steering parts are closely linked to the suspension. We'll cover the major parts that play a role in your suspension. 

Sway bars keep the body of the car from swaying too far to the side. Most cars sway a little, while performance cars have stronger sway bars for tighter suspension. 

Ball joints are links, joints, and bushing that connect your steering rack to the car's suspension. They can wear down and cause issues with suspension.

Common Issues with Sway Bars and Ball Joints

Here are some common issues with sway bars and ball joints:
  • Clunking when the wheel is turned
  • Squeaking when the wheel is turned
  • Reduced stability when turning
  • Noise over speed bumps or uneven roads 
Ball joints are small parts that take a lot of abuse in the suspension system. Sometimes suspension issues are because of bad ball joints and only they need to be replaced. Sway bars tend to be very strong, but bad road conditions like snow and ice or accidents to them can cause issues. 

Repair Costs for Ball Joints in Sonora Ca

Ball joints tend to take more labor to repair because much of the car's steering and suspension might need to be disassembled. Depending on the make and model of the car, repairs can cost between $200 to $800. 

Sway bars tend to be easier fixes as their parts are simple and service can be quickly done. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, the repair can cost between $100 to $200. Please be aware, some cars have two sway bars, but often only one needs to be replaced.
Subaru of Sonora can offer a variety of suspension repair and suspension part replacement for all makes and models of vehicles. Please give us a call at (888) 392-4076 or visit our website for a free quote of service. We service everyone in Tuolumne county, including Angels Camp, Jamestown, and Twain Harte area. 

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