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Now through the end of October, Napa is offering Buy 3 Get 1 Free on Shocks and Struts. Give us a call at 616-532-6600 or Schedule an Appointment today.


Let’s talk shocks and struts.

Shock absorbers and struts last a long time and wear out pretty slowly for most vehicles, because of this the decrease in quality and performance isn’t easily noticed. They’re easy to take for granted, but your shocks and struts do a very important job so you need to pay attention to them! They keep your tires firmly in contact with the road, your tires are what connect your vehicle to the road and allow you to safely handle your car through turns, over bumps and even stop in time.

When shocks and struts are worn, tires bounce excessively over our many bumps on the road in Grand Rapids, MI. Your vehicle will wallow through corners; the front-end will dive when you stop; and the rear-end will squat when you accelerate. All this hurts your ability to control your vehicle. This all makes your ride less comfortable. More importantly, in the event of an emergency maneuver, your vehicle cannot respond as quickly or predictably. 

Worn shocks or struts cause excessive tire wear so you’ll have to replace your tires sooner than you thought. Worn shocks and struts also stress other suspension and steering parts, causing them to wear prematurely. Struts are actually a major structural component of the suspension system; there’s a lot riding on them. Most of us replace our vehicles based on various factors, one main factor is the quality of the ride.  If your vehicle rode like it did when it was new, you would probably keep it longer. This means that replacing struts could save you money.

When it’s time for new shocks or struts, Ervine’s Auto Repair has you covered. Our master technicians can give you back the ride and handling of a new vehicle.

Master technicians recommend replacing all four shocks at the same time so that handling is even at each wheel.

If you need new shocks or struts in Grand Rapids, MI, let us help you take care of this important safety service. You’ll feel better, and you’ll save money on tires and other suspension repairs down the road.



I’ll keep this short and not so sweet: In a couple of weeks we will be getting our RV out of storage. If you see gas prices jump up to $4.00 a gallon that means we just pulled it out of the storage facility. There is some obscure Murphy’s law that explains this correlation, but darned if I can find it. On a purely automotive note, it’s that time to make sure our vehicles are in good condition for the heat of summer. This past winter wasn’t much different from most of West Michigan winters, it beat the heck out of our vehicles. Please get yours checked over for proper air conditioning, cooling system, suspension and steering, at a minimum. Keep your wheels on the road, Eric.

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