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Crestview Auto Service your Trusted Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair Expert shares a tip on Ride Control for your Vehicle

Let's face it, most of us do not think about the tires on our vehicles until we run into a problem....and that problem may be a major inconvenience at best; an accident at worst. Having your vehicle serviced by people that you trust is an absolute must. Let Don and the highly trained technicians at Crestview Auto Service work with you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road.

Crestview Auto Service is your Trusted Saskatoon Tire Expert and they also offer full Auto Service and Repair in Saskatoon

Here Don shares a tip on Ride Control for your Vehicle:  

First a little trivia about the life of struts and shocks; research by manufactures shows that on the average road (not Saskatoon’s pothole roads) each strut or shock on your car cycles 1100 times per kilometer. That works out to be 88 million times in 80,000 kilometers! That’s 88 with 6 zeros added, WOW! When they get worn out they cycle even more. Your vehicle feels the wear, a vehicle with as little as 80,000 kilometers can take an additional 3 meters or more to stop than a vehicle with new struts and shocks?  That can be the difference between making a quick controlled stop, or panic and possibly an accident.  

Struts and shocks are the components on your vehicle that control the up, down and rocking or sway movement of your vehicle. The struts and shocks don’t hold the vehicle up, that’s the job of the springs. When a vehicle is new, the struts and shocks allow us to have a safe controlled ride, over time the struts and shocks are slowly wearing and most drivers do not realize how worn they are until after they have been replaced. The difference in ride and vehicle control after replacement of worn struts and shocks can be dramatic.  


In the past we used a visual inspection and a bounce test of the vehicle to determine if they were good or bad, if we saw oil on the outside or if the vehicle cycled too much after a good bounce we recommended new ones. With the newer technology of the seals and internal components, this only works on struts and shocks that are extremely worn. Over time, as the internal seals, oil and components of struts and shocks wear they loose the ability to control the springs, the extra movement causes internal heat and even more wear. 

The internal wear is the reason for the deteriorating ride and control. With this wear the oil inside the struts and shocks aerates while the vehicle is in motion, the air acts like a squishy ball, allowing excessive movement of the vehicle. The further you drive the more aerated the oil and the less effective the strut or shock becomes. Unfortunately we cannot change the oil in the struts and shocks when it gets worn out like we do engine oil. You may have seen advertising from manufactures advising you to replace struts and shocks after 80,000 kilometers; this is the reason, the oil is worn out and the struts and shocks are not working as they were intended to. 


There are other considerations with worn struts and shocks; all of the extra vehicle movement creates wear in suspension and steering components requiring replacement sooner than needed. The braking system is also affected by having too much weight transferred from the back of the vehicle to the front when slowing down, this overloads the front brakes creating excessive wear and longer stopping distances which can cause both front and rear tires to loose their grip on the road. Tire tread can also become cupped and worn excessively.  


Regular maintenance inspections, performed by experienced technicians along with the needed services will help you save time and money keeping your vehicle safe and reliable for many years to come. 


Find Crestview at 24, 23rd Street East  or online at - they are a fullservice Saskatoon Tire and Auto Repair & Service business and they can be found on the Saskatoon Directory under TIRES SASKATOON    and Auto Repair & Service Saskatoon they are your TRUSTED SASKATOON TIRE and AUTO REPAIR EXPERTS !

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