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Car Suspension, Steering and Shock Absorber Rockhampton

Shocks, Struts, Ball Joints & CV Joints

Suspension, Steering, and Brakes are your stopping power. Suspension holds the tyres in contact with the road, which is essential for emergency braking.

Your vehicles suspension system has two basic functions. The first is to keep your cars wheels in firm contact with the road and second is to provide a comfortable ride for you and your passengers.

Most of the work in a cars suspension is done by the springs. In normal conditions, the springs support the car's body and keeping it even by compressing and rebounding with up-and-down movement.

However, up and down motion causes bouncing and swaying after each bump and this is very uncomfortable to the passenger. To counteract and reduce these motion effects cars are fitted with shock absorbers. It’s also essential to have your tyres in firm contact with the road at all times to ensure safe effective braking. This is best reason of all to have effective shock absorbers.

Things to know about your suspension

Is your ride getting increasingly bumpy or do you feel your vehicle pulling to the right or left side? Does your car excessively bounce after hitting a pothole? Are your tyres wearing out too quickly?

If you answered “yes” its most likely, the shocks and struts on your vehicle could be in need of replacement.

What Are Shocks & Struts?

Shocks and struts are a part of your vehicle’s front and read suspension. They work to dampen the effect of the springs that absorb the shock from road surfaces.

When a strut assembly or shock absorber gets worn, the vehicle is more prone to bounce when it encounters rough roads. This bounce can have an big impact on your vehicle handling, making it harder to steer and control and contributes to poor braking.

Professional Inspection

While every vehicle is different, At Highway Auto we recommend having your shocks and struts inspected at the first sign of potential wear or every 80,000 kilometres.

After fully inspecting your vehicle, our technicians will recommend the best course of action for any necessary repairs. When replacing worn shocks and struts, you will notice your car restore its smoother ride and get improved safer braking response.

You’ll also immediately notice improved control, better stability and better braking over short distances

Below we have provided few common signs which might indicate that you need to replace shocks or struts. If you have any question or concerns please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

  • The car bottoming out.

  • Plunging forward on stops.

  • The feel of rocking and rolling when driving around corners.

  • Premature tyre tread wear

  • Fluid leakage.

  • An overall bumpier ride.


Power Steering Repair

If you are experiencing steering problems, a Highway Auto technician can check your power steering system for leaks and other faults. They can also perform a power steering flush and inspect the belts to ensure proper tension.

If one component of the power steering system is not functioning as its meant to be, the performance and steering of your vehicle can be easily compromised.

CV Joint Service

If identified early, CV boot replacement can save you money, but it is still a labour-intensive operation. For joints that have gone an extended period without lubricant, you will likely need to replace the entire axle. In some vehicles, the CV joint cannot simply be replaced – the entire half-shaft will need to be replaced. The half-shaft is crucial to propelling front-wheel drive vehicles and very dangerous should it break whilst driving.

If your car’s CV joints or boots need to be serviced, you may want to consider having the service performed sooner rather than later to avoid further damage to your vehicle. The easiest and most practical path to an efficient and effective repair is to bring your car to Highway Auto and talk to one of our experienced technicians.


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● Audi
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● Datsun
● Fiat
● Ford
● Holden
● Honda
● Hyundai
● Isuzu Ute
● Jeep
● Kia
● Land Rover
● Lexus
● Mazda
● Mini
● Mitsubishi
● Nissan
● Subaru
● Suzuki
● Toyota
● Volkswagen
● Volvo
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