Suspension and Front End Services
What is the suspension system?
Your vehicles suspension system is comprised of several components, namely the springs, shocks and struts, which work together to keep your vehicle level while riding over bumps and rocks. Steering stability and handling are not only for your comfort, but are incredibly important for your safety as a driver.
· Springs compress when rolling over bumps and expand when your vehicle has passed over the bump, allowing the vehicle and the passengers within to remain level while rolling over rocky terrain
· Shocks or shock absorbers are used to stop the springs from bouncing by using hydraulics. These are more commonly found on trucks and SUV’s
· Struts combine shock absorption with other steering elements to effectively keep your car from bouncing down the road and promote smooth handling. While shocks are normally found in SUV’s and trucks, struts are found in cars and are much more complex.
Signs of suspension problems
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms while driving then you could have a suspension problem:
· Excessive bouncing when you press firmly on the front or rear of your vehicle (bounce test)
· Dipping when the brakes are applied
· Vehicle seems to drift off to the side randomly while driving
· Tires have excessive, uneven tread wear
· Fluid leakage could be a sign that your shocks or struts are leaking
· Rough riding and excessive bouncing when you hit a bump in the road
How often do I need to get the suspension checked out?
Every 50,000 miles or so you should get your vehicle’s suspension system inspected by a professional. Shocks and struts definitely get beat up over time and will eventually need to be replaced. Depending on the type of roads you normally drive on, you may need to bring your vehicle in sooner for a check up. Pay attention to the steering and handling of your vehicle and try the bounce test (mentioned above) to assess the condition of your shocks and struts. If you see any of the signs mentioned above then it is ideal to get your car checked out as soon as possible.