A Few Things To Know About Your Vehicle’s Suspension System

As you drive along in your vehicle, you're probably not thinking too much about the suspension system. However, it's the suspension system that gives you such a relaxing and smooth ride. That's because your vehicle's suspension system is absorbing all those annoying bumps in the road. Not only does the suspension system offer comfort, it also helps keep you safe on the road.

If you want to better understand you vehicle's suspension system, here are a few things you should know about it.

Know the Different Parts of Your Suspension System

Your vehicle's suspension system is made up of several different parts, which consist of:

  • Tires
  • Springs
  • Shock absorbers
  • Rods
  • Joints, bearings & bushings
  • Steering system
  • Frame

All of these parts work together to perform some very important functions on your vehicle. Along with acting as a shock absorber on the road, the suspension system helps move the braking system as well as support the body of the car on the axles.

Know When Your Vehicle Needs Suspension Work

There are many things on the road that wreak havoc on your suspension system. Going over potholes, driving over objects on the road, and hitting the curb can all take a toll on the suspension system. Because of this, your vehicle will eventually need suspension work.

One of the first signs you need suspension work is your ride if rougher than normal. Other signs you need suspension work include:

  • Your car drifts or pulls when turning.
  • You notice the tire treads are uneven.
  • You feel vibrations when driving.
  • Your car bounces after you hit something in the road.

One more sign you need suspension work is the front of your vehicle dips when you come to a stop. All of these problems can affect your safety when driving. This is why you should get suspension work done right away if you notice any of these signs.

Besides making repairs on your suspension system, a mechanic may have to replace certain parts. For instance, your tires may need to be replaced if they have too much wear and tear or they are damaged in any way.

Other parts that may need to be replaced include the shocks and struts. Normally, you can drive many miles before the shocks and struts need to be replaced. However, if you notice any of the above signs, or you frequently drive on rough roads, the shocks and struts may need to be replaced sooner. Sometimes the bushings and mounts around the shocks and struts are damaged as well and may also need to be replaced.

For more information about suspension work contact a local auto shop.