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Your steering wheel feels like it’s about to jump out of your hands as intense vibrations make your arms work harder on the corners… driving shouldn’t be this hard! It could be the car suspension, maybe it’s your shock absorbers or both may be on the way out - you won’t know unless you speak to our team of car suspension specialists. Don’t let things get worse; as wear and tear is normal for any suspension system, we don’t recommend letting any physical symptoms go unchecked; it’s time for a car suspension repair.

Is your suspension jerking, jolting and driving you mad?

Springs, strut rods, shields, bits and bobs, there are several components that make up a car’s suspension and shock absorption system. We understand every single one. Before you roll on into your local mycar, let’s explore potential problems together with a quick catch-up over the phone before we see you and your car in person. From there, we can schedule an inspection time and get to work on fixing up your car.

Why call first? Getting in touch ahead of time gives us the chance to run through some basic diagnostic questions and get a sense of what the issue is, so we’re ready and equipped to deal with it when you bring your car in. The end result? We have you back on the road as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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How much does a shock absorber replacement cost? What about suspension?

Wondering how much an unplanned shock absorber replacement will set you back? A rear shock absorber replacement can range from $150-$500, depending on the make and model of your car; while front shock absorbers will cost anywhere from $250-$700 plus. Because every car is different and there may be any number of different parts involved, repair and suspension replacement services can vary widely, so it’s difficult to pin down a precise suspension replacement cost - even a ballpark figure wouldn’t be right! The only way to find out is to bring your car into a mycar service centre - you’ll receive a comprehensive quote before work goes ahead so you can make an informed choice.

Suspension repair that won’t bite into your budget

At mycar, we understand that car repairs can deal a hefty blow to the household bottom line. That’s why we offer flexible options like Zip, allowing you to cover your invoice up-front and pay it off over time in easy instalments.

When should you do something about shonky car shocks or a sagging car suspension?

Get your car suspension checked if you notice any of the following:

  • Car not sitting level when parked
  • Lots of bouncing when driving
  • Poor handling
  • Excessive body roll on corner
  • Fluid leaks - keep an eye out for a leaking shock absorber!

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How Customers feel about our suspension and shock absorber repairs

5 star rating
Tania - Hyundai I30

Very pleased that they noticed that my shock absorbers were leaking when I took my car to be checked after a slight accident. These had been replaced and luckily it was within 12 months and were still under warranty.

24/03/2020

Loganholme - QLD Store

 

 

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4 star rating
Trevor - Toyota Landcruiser Prado

The team went out of their way to assist and identify an early defect with the front suspension. Very friendly.

09/04/2020

Hervey Bay - QLD Store

 

 

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5 star rating
David - Toyota Corolla

Victor advised front left hand side shock absorber needed attention when he noticed fluid leaking. If he hadn't brought it to my attention may have caused problems during a road trip I had planned.

16/11/2020

Bankstown - NSW Store

 

 

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Find out more about car suspension and shock absorbers with our quick Q&As.

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What is suspension?

In a nutshell, suspension is what holds everything together to keep your wheels on the road. This essential system enables optimal grip and braking, while making bumps and rough surfaces easier to navigate. The two basic components of the suspension system are called springs and dampers (also known as shock absorbers).

Are there different types of suspension?

You’ll find a variety of suspension types on the market, suited to different vehicles, engines and purposes. Broadly speaking, you have dependent, independent and semi-independent suspension.

  • Dependent suspension has the left and right wheels share a single axle. It’s more common in older cars, but has fallen out of favour as it offers less stability and control than modern independent systems. One common exception is 4x4 suspension, with off-road vehicles often using a dependent or semi-independent system.
  • Independent suspension, as the name suggests, means that each wheel is controlled independently of one another. This means if you hit a bump with one wheel, the jarring is limited to that wheel, allowing for a smoother ride.
  • Semi-independent suspension is a middle-ground option that is cheaper and lighter than full independent suspension, but still offers better control than dependent systems. The wheels sharing an axle still have some effect on each other, but it’s less pronounced.

At mycar, we offer a range of performance suspension services for racing and off road vehicles. Our mechanics can run you through the various options in detail and help you decide what system is best suited to your car and driving needs.

How does car suspension work?

Suspension goes between the frame of the car and the wheels, holding everything together and dispersing the jolting force caused by the wheels hitting bumps in the road. It works by using springs to absorb the kinetic (movement) energy created by driving over a bump, and dampers (shock absorbers) to convert that energy into heat, which is then safely released into the atmosphere.

Learn more about shock absorber and car suspension parts

Besides a set of suitable tyres in good repair, your car’s suspension system will generally consist of the following:

  • Springs and shock absorbers - these absorb and disperse kinetic energy caused by driving over a rough or bumpy surface
  • Struts - an alternative to conventional shocks that bear the weight of the car and are often used in 4x4 and other vehicles designed for rugged terrain
  • Control arms and linkages - these connect the springs to the main body of the car, keeping the springs in one place while still allowing for their up and down movement
  • Sway bar - this links your front wheels and comes into effect when cornering, reducing body roll and keeping your car in contact with the road by pushing the tyres on the ‘inside’ of the corner into the road and evening the load across the four wheels
  • Bushings - rubber cushioning that sits over suspension and steering joints, reducing noise and vibration and limiting movement in the joints
  • Ball joints - these allow for a flexible range of motion in suspension parts so that they can cope with different surfaces.

Why are rear shocks important?

Cars typically come with two front and two rear shock absorbers. While the front shocks take the brunt of the engine weight and initial force of hitting bumps, the rear shocks are just as important to ensuring that the car maintains its grip on the road, helping with steering and effective braking.

What is a shock absorber?

Shock absorbers are a key part of your car’s suspension system, responsible for keeping your tyres in contact with the road and minimising vibration up into the main body of the car. They are essentially a tube-shaped oil pump that uses a piston and hydraulic fluid (oil) to absorb movement energy and sit within the suspension spring, working in tandem to provide maximum benefit.

How do shock absorbers work?

Shock absorbers consist of a piston arm, with a piston at the end, inside a pressurised hydraulic tube, which sits within a larger tube housing the excess hydraulic fluid, or oil. As the piston moves up and down, the fluid is forced through tiny holes (called orifices) in the piston; this creates resistance, slowing the movement of the piston. This kinetic energy is turned into thermal energy (or heat), which goes into the hydraulic fluid before releasing into the environment.

What is a shock absorber test?

To test the condition of the shock absorbers, your mechanic will perform what’s known as a “bounce test”. The corner of the vehicle being tested is pushed downward and bounced three times. If the shocks are functioning well, the car will immediately spring back to its original position and settle. If the shocks are wearing out, the car will continue to bounce for a moment. The other way to test a shock absorber is via a road test to check for heavy dipping of front end and lifting of rear end through braking conditions which is recommended to be carried out by a mechanic.

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