Suspension

Suspension

When you drive throughout the Treasure Valley, you’ll likely experience a few bumps. Your vehicle’s suspension system is meant to minimize how much you feel while helping you maintain control as you pass over them. 

Over time, however, your suspension may need to be repaired or replaced. Warning signs often include feeling bumps more than before or bottoming out. Dowdy’s Automotive is your trusted suspension repair shop in Boise, Meridian, and Ontario, Oregon. We are honest and professional, providing high-quality automotive repairs and friendly customer service. 

Axle Service

Your vehicle’s axles are vital to keeping you safe on the road. Axle bearings are just as important as other safety components. Not only do they carry the weight of your vehicle but they are an essential part of your steering and suspension system by connecting your car’s wheels and ensuring you can turn smoothly. 

Whenever your vehicle makes a new noise, it’s usually a good indicator that you need a technician to check things out. Some types of “clicking” or “knocking” sounds can come from a faulty CV joint or axle. 

Your car’s axles can get damaged for a handful of different reasons. There might have been a significant impact from a recent accident, or problems might result from hitting a big pothole or going over a speed bump. Because axles are so complex, they require the eyes and expertise of a team like Dowdy’s Automotive to inspect and repair them. 

car mechanic working on suspension

Shocks

Whether it’s time to repair or replace, we’re here to help. Worst case scenario, we’ll need to look into an engine replacement. But before it comes to that, we’re going to make sure you know exactly what’s going on and have the information you need to determine the next steps for your vehicle.

Shocks are components of your vehicle’s suspension system that help absorb the impact of road force and the rebound of springs and other components. Front and rear shocks are designed to adjust your vehicle to bumps, potholes, and sudden driving maneuvers. They also reduce bounce, sway, brake dive, and acceleration squat.

When shocks become worn out, there are many signs that may point to having them repaired or replaced. These include:

  • A vehicle bottoming out
  • Plunging forward at stops
  • Rocking and rolling when driving around corners
  • Premature wear of your tire’s tread
  • An overall bumpier ride

At Dowdy’s Automotive, we’ll help you replace worn shocks and structs to restore your car to a smoother ride. You’ll immediately notice improved control, stability, and shorter braking distances while behind the wheel.

Struts & Sway Bar

Struts connect the suspension parts of your vehicle to support you as you drive on bumpy terrain or when you make sharp turns. A sway bar connects to each side of your vehicle’s suspension on the front and rear axle. It works to counteract or resist twisting when rounding a corner or switching lanes.

Basically, these parts are designed to keep your vehicle stable as you move into a turn or start accelerating. They also help prevent jerky movements when you encounter uneven road surfaces or need to brake. Without good shock and struts, you will have a car that bounces and tires that wear out much quicker. At Dowdy’s Automotive, we can fix any problems associated with struts and sway bars. You’ll notice the difference when we repair or install your struts and sway bar.

Boise Steering & Suspension Specialists

At Dowdy’s Automotive, your vehicle is in good hands with our experienced technicians. We are well acquainted with the many types of suspension systems across all makes and models. Whether your shocks, struts, or sway bar need to be repaired or replaced, you can trust us to keep you driving safely all year long.

Either give us a call to schedule an appointment or just stop by whichever one of our shops is closest to you.

We’d be happy to help take care of any suspension work your vehicle needs. We’ll also be sure to keep you informed of all the options you have available. Finding the most cost-effective solution is always our go-to. That’s part of the reason why we’ve been able to build such a loyal customer base over the years. If you haven’t worked with us yet, please don’t hesitate to reach out!