All FAQS - Suspension and Steering

Suspension and Steering FAQS

Sharp Transmissions would like to welcome you to our website's page dedicated to questions our automotive technicians get from our customers in the greater Kingston area about the repair and service of their vehicle's suspension and steering systems.

How does my vehicle's suspension system work?

If the roads of around the Kingston 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 Kingston are anything but level. Even the various highways around the Kingston 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.

How much does a suspension repair cost?

The technicians at Sharp Transmissions are often asked by our customers in the Kingston 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 Kingston 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 Sharp Transmissions 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 Kingston 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.

How much does it cost to replace shocks?

Sharp Transmissions is occasionally asked by our customers in the Kingston 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.

How can I tell if I need new shocks for my vehicle?

When trying to determine if our customers in the greater Kingston area need new shocks, our automotive shock specialists tell them that if possible follow these four simple steps:

  1. Position one's self to a corner of the vehicle and directly above a wheel.
  2. With firm gestures, push down on the body of the vehicle and bounce the vehicle up and down 3 to 4 times
  3. 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.
  4. Sharp Transmissions 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.

Satisfied Customers

1/1/2009

My experience with Sharp Transmissions has always been positive. They were honest about what needed to be done on my vehicles and went above and beyond with their quality of work.

Barbara G. G.
Kingston NY,

2/7/2013

Thanks again Sharp Transmission, you earned 5 stars from this customer.

Tina Gomo
Highland NY,

8/1/2012

I have had a great experience here! Two solenoids on my transmission were replaced, lowest price in town, with a one day turn around. Everyone was respectful and prompt

Jenna W.
Port Ewen NY,

3/14/2013

I got my truck back a few days later with the transmission rebuilt by Milt and his team and it runs perfectly.

Fred Rasmussen
Kingston NY,

3/18/2013

I'm glad that over the last few years Sharp Transmissions has expanded it's services to include ALL things automotive.

John Platania
Rhinebeck NY,

7/21/2015

You really are one of the last of the Good Guys!

Mr.Henry Sobeck
Saugerties, New York

5/21/2014

For over 25 years Sharp Transmissions has been our one and only call.

Gary Arold
Kingston NY,

10/21/2014

When my local shop could not handle my car's transmission problem, I was advised to go to Sharp in Kingston.

Jean K
Kerhonkson,

11/8/2012

When all was said and done, I got the oil change, a transmission flush, a new battery, and a new air filter for a price that I'm positive would have been about triple at the dealer.

Leslie G.
Kingston NY,

1/1/2015

A real professional i would take any car with any problem to this place.its hard to find a mechanic you can trust and Milt is just that.

Mr.Jay Wells
Accord, New York

1/10/2015

They are my only car care providers now and I bring my vehicles to them for everything. They earned my trust and loyalty with their fair prices and honesty.

Mr.Stephen Tresco
Rhinebeck, New York

3/8/2013

I would definitely recommend Sharp Transmission to anyone who needs this type of work done and wants to know the cost will be low and the quality high.

Mrs.Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties, New York

10/1/2013

The timing was exactly as he predicted and the final price if the transmission matched the estimate.

Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

Great service! Honest and reliable care always!

Laura Hawthorne
Tivoli NY,

1/26/2012

They even do more than just transmissions, and are experts in all aspects of car repairs - which is a big help to me since I have had bad experiences at other repair shops in the past and like to stick with a place I can trust - plus it is just more convenient for me to take my care to one place as oppossed to many various specialists.

Leah C.
Albany NY,

4/27/2011

The mechanic (Milt) test drove my minivan hooking the computer to locate the problem alongside me. After the test, he told me that it was not the transmission problem; it was a problem with Throttle Position Censor (TPS). He replaced the TPS while I waited. I paid $300 for this service. They were very professional and courteous.

Shafiul Choudhury
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

I highly recommend Sharp Transmission and Milt to anyone wanting top quality service.

Barry Greene
Stone Ridge NY,

6/23/2010

If you think you have a transmission issue?, TAKE IT TO SHARP!!

GoodHorsekeeping GoodHorsekeeping
Kerhonkson NY,

6/19/2010

Their prices are very reasonable and they always explain everything and tell me what options I have. I highly recommend them.

Anna C.
Stone Ridge NY,

3/10/2013

You want the best, you got the best!.

Dave Reuter
Hyde Park NY,

2/10/2012

Thanks Milt!!! For the great service and honesty that's hard to find in this world today....

Thomas T.
Long Island NY,

9/7/2012

Quick turn around time. Friendly, curteous, knowledgeable staff. A+ all the way

M.Zucco Zucco
Poughkeepsie NY,

11/23/2011

Very impressed by Sharp Transmission. Did great work on my old Hondy Odyssey 1999. Offered followup testing and did a thorough and decent job. Communicated well. The mechanics were very knowledgeable and helpful

J.H. J.H.
New Paltz NY,

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