Ron’s Garage in Ann Arbor hears this question often and we do see a lot of cars that are not worth fixing. If the value of your car doubles every time you fill it up with gas it’s probably time to get rid of it. Eventually all good things come to an end even our cars that we love, but a lot of times it is worth fixing. Let’s say you can only afford a $2-5000.00 car. Chances are very good that the “new” car is going to need extensive work as well, unless you have really good luck. Ron’s Garage feels you are better off fixing the “junk” you already have instead of buying someone else’s junk and fixing it up. If you add the cost of the new car plus the cost of repairs the “new car” will need, it is usually always cheaper to fix the one you have. Plus you know the history of your current car and really the main reason you don’t think it is worth fixing is because you’re mad at it. Come to Ron’s Garage can make it like new again.
The best and easiest answer is to look at them like this; a shock and a strut do basically the same thing, they along with the spring hold the tire onto the road. If the car had no springs the tires would constantly lose contact with the road because roads are not perfectly smooth. If it had no shocks or struts it would bounce continuously. The struts and shocks are just hydraulic dampers that keep your tires from bouncing off the surface of the road just like the damper on your screen door at home keeps the door from slamming shut. Shocks and struts usually wear out gradually so you can’t really feel any difference in the ride quality and notice vehicle control issues. A lot of national chain stores lead you to believe you need to replace your shocks and struts every 30.000 miles.
Ron’s Garage very rarely sees shocks and struts worn out this early. Usually it’s around the 100,000 mile mark where we can see and feel them not working properly. If you feel your suspension bottom out after going over a speed bump, or your car seems to lean a lot while going around a long turn, you can see that your tires have a cupping look to them or feel it just go haywire after hitting a large hole it’s probably time to have your shocks and struts inspected by a professional.
Ron’s Garage has been servicing cars in Ann Arbor and it’s surrounding communities since 1984 offers a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty and only uses the best parts available.