The suspension in your car is a crucial aspect of every vehicle. It keeps your vehicle balanced, stable and able to react to maneuvers during operation. While it is one of the less obvious systems of your car, it is one of the hardest working. Your car’s safety and comfort would be severely compromised without suspension.
What is a Car Suspension?
Suspension in your car refers to the overall system of tires, springs and shock absorbers that connect the car body to its wheels. Without suspension, your car would be at risk for tipping over and passengers would experience a bumpy, jarring ride. Two main functions are performed by the suspension system:
- assisting with the car’s handling and braking
- providing a comfortable ride for the passengers
Suspension systems may be selected tailored depending on the anticipated use of the vehicle (standard, commercial, racing, off-road, etc.). Vehicle manufacturers have utilized different suspension types over time, including:
- leaf springs
- torsion beam suspensions
- springs (coiled)
- air springs and
- various gas/hydraulic fluid pressure systems
Signs that you Need Vehicle Suspension Repairs
You may not need to know exactly how car suspension works, but you should be able to identify when the suspension system is not working properly or needs replacement. Here are a few warning signs that may indicate your vehicle’s suspension needs repair:
- Your car rides roughly (i.e., you feel bumps and dips in the road more acutely than you previously did)
- Your car drifts, pulls or leans when turning
- You experience “nose dives” when braking (your car dips forward), or “squats” when accelerating
- The shocks or struts are visibly greasy — this may indicate a fluid leak in the suspension system
- Vibrations or tire noise
- Visible damage to any suspension components
- Uneven tire tread
If you believe your car’s suspension may be failing, it’s best to schedule an appoint with a professional mechanic to have it inspected. Autoworks has professional mechanics who can address the problem right away to avoid more damage to the system and help prevent a major breakdown, or even an accident. Suspension issues are usually connected with alignment and steering as well — be sure to have all of these inspected to ensure maximum vehicle safety.
Suspension systems can have significant aesthetic effects on a vehicle, and modification are typically employed to create different looks. For example, a car may have had its suspension system modified if it appears to be “lifted” (set higher off the ground, generally for 0ff-road purposes), or “slammed” (lowered to the ground to create a faster-looking profile). These mods also provide some performance advantages to the vehicle, mostly in terms of handling and road feel.
Mods can be a great way to create a whole new “car personality” from a stock vehicle, and some get extremely complex and nuanced depending on the driver’s desires. Therefore, suspension modifications should only be performed by an expert, as there are safety rules and specifications that need to be adhered to when modding.
To keep your car running comfortably and safely, it is important to take good care of the suspension system. If your car needs repairs or adjustments, don’t hesitate to contact Autoworks with the link below for professional suspension care! Our team of experts will provide you with top-notch service!