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Shocks and Suspension Systems

After many years and tens of thousands of miles West Des Moines vehicles’ suspension system components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive in West Des Moines. It’s always a good idea to remember that the best kind of car maintenance is preventative maintenance.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Iowa highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads in Iowa. In addition to just wearing out, vehicle suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact like a pothole, hitting a curb, or a rock in a bumpy West Des Moines road.

Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends periodic inspections. During a shock inspection, your friendly and knowledgeable All Pro Servicenter service advisor will check for worn, broken, or missing parts.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs for West Des Moines residents that shocks or struts are wearing out: the vehicle tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. West Des Moines residents may notice a floating or drifting sensation when cornering.

If the front of your vehicle dives excessively when stopping or rocks back and forth after you stopped, your car’s suspension may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or think you may have worn-out shocks, come see us at All Pro Servicenter in West Des Moines for a suspension inspection. Same if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your vehicle wheels, or if you find your car drifting around corners. 

Worn-out struts or broken shocks can cause premature wear or failure on other suspension parts such as ball joints and other steering components as well. If your vehicle suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so West Des Moines residents should take care of these things.

Service and Solutions

Having a damaged suspension isn’t just dangerous, it can also make your daily drive to work an uncomfortable and turbulent one! Often by the time you’re noticing the changes to your comfort, the time for an inspection or replacement is near. For your comfort and safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

When residents replace their vehicle shocks, it’s usually best to replace all four at the same time. That’ll provide more even handling. Be sure to consult your friendly and knowledgeable All Pro Servicenter service advisor because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet. 

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All Pro Servicenter

1121 Railroad Ave

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

At All Pro Servicenter we install quality NAPA replacement parts.