Why Is Your Car’s Suspension So Important?
What is car suspension?
In the simplest terms, your car’s suspension works as a shock-absorption barrier to ensure a smooth and safe drive. When your car has high quality suspension, it successfully absorbs the impact from bumps, holes, road debris etc so that you don’t have to feel them inside the car. It also improves tyre traction which keeps your car safely on the road.
Your car’s suspension system is comprised primarily of:
- Springs – either coil springs, leaf springs or torsion bars – that are attached to the axle and can flex under the weight of the car, keeping it level and even.
- Shock absorbers / dampers – the most common form of shock absorbers are a piston in a cylinder filled with oil . As the name suggests, these absorb shock, protecting the chassis from sudden bumps, holes and other forces. This enables a smoother drive and stops the tyres bouncing suddenly from the road surface.
How your car’s suspension works
Almost all roads have bumps, cracks or potholes. If your car didn’t have suspension, you would feel the impact of every single one of these as it forces your wheel up and down. Very small imperfections would not cause a severe impact as they transmit only small amounts of force or kinetic energy. However, a bigger bump or pothole would send a jarring jolt through your car. This not only causes an uncomfortable driving experience but can also impact on your car’s traction or grip on the road, causing the wheels to lift from the surface and crash back down. A bounce like this would be uncomfortable at best, but could also damage your car or cause an accident depending on the severity. This is why car suspension is so important.
Signs of worn car suspension
There are 5 complications that commonly occur with car suspension systems, and it is important to know the signs so that you can get your suspension repaired or replaced. Your car’s suspension may have a problem if you are:
How we can help
Have you noticed any of these signs that your car suspension may need repairs? Ignoring these signs can have serious consequences for not only your safety but also the safety of others on the road. The team at Australian Mechanical are experienced mechanics with years of experience. We can diagnose a problem with your car suspension and have you back on the road driving smoothly and safely in no time. Get in touch with us online or give us a call on 07 3356 1538 today.
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