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Driving on a road with potholes? Maybe you find yourself in a situation where your car hits a bump? Chances are your suspension system softened the blow. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of the suspension in your vehicle.
At Adrena Garage we know that to appreciate the benefits of your vehicle’s suspension system, you should actually understand what it is first.
In short, the suspension system in your car is a series of interconnected shock-absorbing components that ensure your tires stay in contact with the road and increasing tire friction. As a result, the driver experiences steering stability, easier handling, and a more comfortable ride.
The suspension system of your car is a part of the chassis, a carriage that the main cabin of your car sits on. The suspension system connects the cabin to the wheels and is the reason that you’re able to have a smooth ride.
There are a few main components of your suspension systems include:
1) Springs – They are a key factor in controlling the height and load of the suspension and cabin. There are three types of springs used in suspension systems: coil springs, leaf springs and torsion bar.
2) Shocks – Shocks, also referred to as shock absorbers help to absorb the energy that your tires transfer to the vehicle as the rubber meets the road to keep your ride as smooth as possible. They use a piston cylinder as well as adjustable valves to control the flow of hydraulic fluid to set the damping force when driving over bumps, pot holes or any uneven roads. This allows for better vehicle ride and control for the driver and any passengers.
3) Rods/linkages – These components link other parts of the suspension system together. There are a number of various shaped links that can be used depending on the unique suspension system. These can be straight bars, or unique stamped shapes that will fit best to support springs, shocks and wheels onto the vehicle structure.
4) Joints/bearings – These components allow for movement of the suspension system. Ball joints are made of a bearing stud and socket. These fit securely in a casing and their purpose is to connect the control arm to the steering components and support smooth and solid movement for the vehicle.
It’s quite common for your car to have a suspension system for its front wheels and a separate one for the rear axle.
As mentioned above, your suspension system helps absorb any shock you might feel while driving but what does that mean?
Imagine if your car didn’t have a suspension system. Every bump that your car rolls over interacts with the wheels that apply upwards force, perpendicular to the way that a car is meant to move. The larger the bump, the more force.
Without a suspension system, you would feel significantly more force within the frame of the car and your ride would feel much less comfortable.
Now that you know what your suspension system is made of, and what it is made to do, why is it so important?
After learning what suspension includes for your vehicle, how do you know if your vehicle needs suspension repair? Read below to learn of some of the most common indicators that your vehicle needs attention:
We know it’s always worthwhile to understand the inner workings of your vehicle but we’d never expect you to do the work yourself. If you find that your daily commute is feeling a little bumpier, or you suspect that there is an issue with your suspension system, book your appointment with Adrena Garage. We’ll have our trained technicians take a look and diagnose the issue. After confirming with you, we will proceed to fix the issue.
To book your appointment, call us today!