Suspension and Steering FAQS
Atlas Transmission would like to welcome you to our website's page dedicated to questions our automotive technicians get from our customers in the greater Sumter ~ Columbia area about the repair and service of their vehicle's suspension and steering systems.
If the roads of around the Sumter ~ Columbia area were perfectly level, a suspension system in your car or truck would not be required. But as we all know, the roads around the Sumter ~ Columbia are anything but level. Even the various highways around the Sumter ~ Columbia area have divots and bumps that when interacting with the wheels can result in the vehicle being jogged up and down. Void of a suspension system the bumps would directly impact the vehicle's frame. The wheels of the vehicle would lose connection with the street and slam back onto the street surface, leaving the vehicle's occupants with a ride similar to riding in a toy wagon. But fortunately, the suspension system of a vehicle moves the vehicle smoothly forward while the tires follow the bumps in the road.
The technicians at Atlas Transmission are often asked by our customers in the Sumter ~ Columbia area how much a suspension repair can cost. The suspension system in a vehicle is comprised of ball joints (linkages), shock absorbers and struts, and springs. The role of the suspension is to help the wheels maintain proper contact / friction with various road hindrances. The cost to replace a suspension in Sumter ~ Columbia is generally between $1,000 to $2,200 but can cost more for various luxury cars or specialty vehicles. The final cost of a suspension repair can depend on the type of vehicle, ie. make and model, year of vehicle, and the total amount of underside rust and wear. When Atlas Transmission does suspension repair we will usually recommend both left and right sides be replaced at the same time, and contingent on overall wear and tear, both the rear and front suspension systems should be repaired at the same time. This helps avoid new suspension parts increase the stress of older and more worn parts. It should be mentioned that when considering the cost of suspension repair in the Sumter ~ Columbia area that when a suspension repair is completed a full wheel alignment may be necessary can add about $60 to $120 dollars to the total suspension repair cost.
Atlas Transmission is occasionally asked by our customers in the Sumter ~ Columbia area how much they can expect to pay to replace shocks in their vehicles. Our automotive shock specialists tell them that the cost to replace car shock absorbers can vary on different factors to include the age of the car or truck and whether it is a performance car or a typical passenger car.
Newer Vehicles (2006 - Present)
The shocks on newer model cars are generally more complicated than shocks used just before 2006. Typically we tell our customers that shocks for newer cars can cost on average $325 to $400 for a set of four shocks on a normal passenger sedan.
Older Vehicles (1994 - 2005)
The shocks for older model cars and trucks are designed simpler and usually more readily available. Typically the cost of shocks for older vehicles can run about $40 less than shocks for newer model vehicles.
When trying to determine if our customers in the greater Sumter ~ Columbia area need new shocks, our automotive shock specialists tell them that if possible follow these four simple steps:
- Position one's self to a corner of the vehicle and directly above a wheel.
- With firm gestures, push down on the body of the vehicle and bounce the vehicle up and down 3 to 4 times
- When releasing the vehicle observe the reaction. When the bouncing ceases within one rise and fall after stopping the shocks are working properly. When the vehicle continues to bounce repeatedly the shocks are more than likely worn.
- Atlas Transmission suggests that the shocks be inspected with a flashlight. The wheels may need to be turned to provide access when kneeled down to see them. Using the flashlight one should inspect the shocks to see if liquid is present. If liquid is present it may indicate that hydraulic fluid is leaking through faulty seals and most likely needs to be replaced.