Coil springs, shock absorbers, ball joints, bushes and links are what makes your car go around corners safely. Let’s read on to find out more.
You’re able to enjoy a comfortable and stable ride thanks to your car’s suspension system. Vehicle suspension absorbs the lumps and bumps found in every road surface, and allows you to accelerate, brake and corner safely. It also helps to keep your tyres in contact with the road.
Suspension plays such an important role in the overall performance and handling of a car. Its components and parts are considered critical safety features, and therefore must be maintained properly. We are skilled technicians experts at diagnosing and rectifying Suspension related problems.
Let’s take a look at what’s involved in a typical vehicle’s Suspension system.
Your vehicle Suspension is made up of a number of parts including the chassis, steering, tyres and wheels. They all work together to improve the overall stability of your car, however, the actual suspension system essentially comprises, Suspension Arms, Ball Joints, Springs and Shock Absorbers.
Most cars are fitted with four coil springs – one per wheel. When you go over a bump, theses springs will compress and expand to absorb any vertical movement. The shock absorbers control the motion of the spring, which stops the car from bouncing.
The Springs and Shock Absorbers are connected to the chassis of the vehicle by Suspension Arms and Ball Joints. The Ball Joints allow the Suspension Arms to articulate smoothly. Often vehicles have Suspension Systems that include a device called an ‘Anti-Roll Bar’, this connects the left side to the right side and helps to stop the vehicle’s the sideways tilting (roll) of the vehicle on sharp corners.
As these parts wear out or become damaged over time, you’ll notice that the ride feels rougher when driving over defects in the road. Worn shock absorbers can affect your stopping distance by up to 20%, so it’s really important to get any problems checked out as soon as possible.
Often, when something has broken, or worn out, you will hear and feel vibrations and knocking from your vehicle. Don’t delay, bring your vehicle to us for a Full Suspension Check to find out what’s causing your problems. We’ll then discuss with you the best course of action to take to rectify those problems.