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Car Suspension Repair

Johnson's Automotive's car suspension service is comprehensive. At our shock repair shop, we can repair or replace struts, shocks, suspension, steering, and chassis. So, whatever issue might be ailing your vehicle, you can be sure that we can handle it. We service all types of vehicles, both foreign and domestic. If your car seems to be giving you a bumpy ride, then give us a call! Our professional technicians will diagnose the problem and provide car suspension repairs right away, all while offering you unparalleled customer service. Unlike any other shock repair shop, we put your needs before anything else. That's why we're the preferred auto shop in Big Rapids, MI. See for yourself why countless other customers always choose to return to us. Our expertise is second to none, and our attention to detail can't be matched by anyone else.

Your One-Stop-Shop for All Things Suspension

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Don't let your car's suspension get any worse. If you think you might have a problem, then bring it in right away for car suspension repairs. Untreated, your car could prove to be a danger to you, your family, and the other motorists around you. Your car's shocks aren't just there to keep your ride comfortable. They also allow you to have better handling, which means that if they fail, you could find yourself in a very dangerous situation. At the first sign that something is wrong, contact Johnson's Automotive Repair to schedule the essential car suspension repair that you need. Doing so will save you from a much worse headache down the road. The best part is that we will handle everything for you. We know the best quality parts for your specific make and model. When your repair is completed, we test drive your vehicle to be sure that everything operates as it should. We will treat you courteously and ensure you get back on the road as soon as possible.

Car suspension repair is one of the most important services offered by Johnson's Automotive. Fix suspension issues quickly. Your shocks, struts, bearings, and wheels contribute to a smooth driving experience. Additionally, your overall braking distance and the lifespan of your tires improve, which can offset the suspension replacement cost.

Your car's suspension is responsible for a multitude of things, including:

● Providing a smooth ride

● Maintaining an undamaged framework

● Enabling driving on a variety of terrains

● Extending the lifespan of tires

● Preserving the health of car components over time

● Ensuring safety during adverse weather conditions

Without a strong suspension, your car's frame will absorb the impact from every bump and pothole. The result would be increased wear and tear and a higher risk of damage to other vehicle parts. Damage to your frame or suspension can increase the risk of losing control of your vehicle.

What Goes Into a Suspension Repair?

Before performing a car suspension repair, we begin by diagnosing the problem area. As with any repair, we need to know what the real problem is.


Regular suspension inspections are important, because many different parts can fail or wear out without being noticed. This is really common with shocks and struts.

If damaged parts go undetected, the suspension may stop absorbing bumps and drops. Without the absorption, the frame, tires, and wheel assembly components can take on excessive wear. Basically, it cost you more money.


Our trained technicians do their best to keep your family safe, and help you save money. That is why we tell you about other areas that need repair. Catching suspension issues early on helps the rest of your vehicle last longer!

After repairing a vehicle's suspension, we do an alignment to make sure your automobile is 100% ready for the road.

 Common Question


Every one in a while we get a question that most customers ask. These are questions that are so common, they deserve their own section. So here it is...

What is the difference between shocks and struts?

Shock absorbers, commonly known as shocks, act as suspension dampeners. They reduce the impact of bumps and potholes on your vehicle, creating a smoother driving experience.


Shocks operate by functioning as a piston within a gas or oil-filled chamber. When the suspension experiences pressure due to a bump or pothole, the oil inside the shock passes through a small hole, slowing down how quickly your suspension compresses and decompresses. That is how it reduces how much you feel the bump.



Struts serve a similar purpose to shock absorbers by supporting the suspension and coil springs. However, struts carry additional responsibilities.

They are a major part of the suspension system's structure. Struts assist in rolling resistance, steering control, and supporting the overall vehicle weight.

Struts combine many parts into one unit. They can include:

  • Coil Springs

  • Strut Bearings

  • Spring Seats

  • The Steering Knuckle

  • A Bump Stop

  • Shock Absorbers....yep, they can include shocks.

  • Maintenance is based on need. A good guideline is to check the suspension system every few oil changes. This is especially true with Michigan's weather.


    If you have been in an accident or hit a deep pothole, you should have a Johnson's Automotive technician inspect it right away.

    Suspension Maintenance Check

  • There are many factors involved with the suspension costs.

    • The make and model of the car can impact the parts and labor costs

    • The condition of the suspension system as a whole

      • Does just one part need replacement, or do several parts need attention?

    •  Foreign vs Domestic

      • Johnson's Automotive Repair works on all makes and models. But, imported parts can be more costly than domestic parts.​

    One way to save money on suspension replacement costs is to take care of it quickly. Letting the problem go for a while will likely damage more parts and increase the work needed. Call Johnson's Automotive Repair for a quote.

    Suspension Mechanic Near Me - Cost

  • This a GREAT question. Like most questions, this one has many factors. Do you live on a dirt road? Do you drive mostly in town or on the expressway? Is your vehicle outfitted with good parts?

    Johnson's Automotive Repair is a certified NAPA dealer. This means that you know you are getting high quality car parts.


    Something that sets us a part is peace of mind. We warranty our parts and workmanship for three years or 36,000 miles...even if you live on a dirt road. :)

    How often to replace suspension

Fix suspension problems right away. The suspension repair cost will be less than it will be if you wait for other parts to fail. Be sure that all of the energy is being absorbed properly while driving on any type of terrain. If you have questions, give us a call!

Providing Suspension Repair for Big Rapids, MI With Honesty & Integrity
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