Suspension & Alignment

Maine Auto Service suspension and alignmentMaintaining a smooth, comfortable, and safe ride is the result of many highly-engineered components working together in your car or truck.  These include your shocks and struts, but also many other front end parts.  You probably don’t give much thought to them, but as with the rest of your vehicle, proper maintenance is essential to ensuring good performance.

Shock absorbers

Shock absorbers are cylinders designed to slow spring movement when you hit a bump in the road.  Shocks handle the rebound of the springs and push the wheels down so that the tire maintains contact with the road.


Struts act like shock absorbers, but include control arms in a single unit, so there are fewer parts to break.

If shocks or struts become worn or damaged, you risk having your tires loose contact with the road.  This means that even the best tires won’t help to properly brake or steer the vehicle. In this circumstance, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Steering wheel vibration
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Increased stopping distance
  • Excessive sway when turning
  • A bouncy ride or bottoming out

At Maine Auto Service, we’ll do a free inspection of your vehicle’s steering and suspension system to help diagnose any problems you may be having.  Then, we can recommend the proper service to help restore your ‘new vehicle’ ride, maintain safe and secure handling, and prolong the life of your tires.

We may also recommend a computerized wheel alignment to ensure that your vehicle stays straight while traveling down the road, and to make sure your tires won’t wear out early.

Ask your Maine Auto Service shop manager to perform a free check of your car or truck’s steering and suspension system today, or schedule an appointment on line.  (In some instances, a diagnostic fee may apply, however, any fee will be credited back if you decide to proceed with the repairs.)