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Understanding Car Suspension

Vehicle’s suspension system double wishbone, shock absorber, and coil spring.

What’s a Vehicle Suspension System?

A vehicle's suspension system is a complex network of components designed to support the vehicle's weight, absorb and dampen road shock, and help maintain tire contact with the road. It plays a critical role in providing steering stability and overall handling, ensuring a smooth and safe ride.

How Does a Car Suspension Work?

The suspension system includes springs, shock absorbers, struts, control arms, and ball joints, working in unison to cushion the vehicle from uneven road surfaces. It compensates for bumps, potholes, and other surface imperfections, maintaining vehicle stability and comfort.

Suspension Parts

Key components of the suspension system are:

  • Springs: Coil, leaf, or torsion springs that support the vehicle's weight and absorb initial road shocks.
  • Shock Absorbers and Struts: These dampen the spring action and control excess bouncing, providing a smoother ride.
  • Control Arms: These connect the suspension to the vehicle frame, aiding in smooth wheel movement.
  • Ball Joints: These pivot points between the control arms and steering knuckles ensure smooth wheel movement and steering.

Your vehicle’s suspension relies on these components that work together to do its job. The main components include springs and shock absorbers, but there are other parts that also play a crucial role in your car’s suspension. This includes tie rod ends, and suspension bushes.

When Does Your Car's Suspension Need to Be Checked?

Your car’s suspension should be checked regularly, especially if you notice symptoms like uneven tire wear, poor handling, excessive bouncing, or unusual noises during driving. It's also wise to have it inspected following a significant impact, like hitting a deep pothole.

Why Is a Suspension Service Important?

Regular suspension service ensures optimal vehicle handling, safety, and comfort. It also extends the life of your tires and helps maintain alignment, improving fuel efficiency and preventing more significant and costly issues down the line.

Check Your Suspension with Willetton Tyrepower

To maintain your car's performance and safety, regular suspension checks are essential. Visit our experts at Willetton Tyrepower for a comprehensive inspection and service of your vehicle’s suspension system. Our team will ensure your ride remains smooth, stable, and safe.

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