Car suspension system
Stay safe on the roads with regular suspension checks
Your car’s suspension system is made up of many components including shock absorbers, springs, ball joints, tie rod ends and suspension bushes. Together they work to maintain the contact between your tyres and the road, and provide a smooth, comfortable ride even when the road is in poor condition.
However, if just one of the parts of your suspension system is worn or damaged, your whole system may become ineffective resulting in longer stopping times and/or distances during braking. This also negatively affects your ability to stay in control of your vehicle. That is why it’s so important to have your suspension checked regularly to make sure every component is in good working order.
Replace shock absorbers
When do you need your suspension checked?At a minimum your suspension should be inspected at every service, and whenever your remove your car’s wheels.
However, outside of your regular service it’s important to look out for signs that your suspension system is experiencing problems.
If you notice a problem, drop into your local Bridgestone Select Tyre and Auto store and let one
of our qualified mechanics take a look so you can stay safe on the road.
Signs when stationary
When your car is stationary, check for these tell-tale signs that your suspension system is experiencing problems:
• Your tyres are unevenly worn
• Your car does not sit level when parked
• Your car’s shock absorbers show signs of fluid leakage
• Your car’s shock absorbers are dented or physically damaged
• Your car’s bushings or mounts are sagged, cracked, or distorted
Signs when driving
Check for these signs when your car is in motion:
• Your car dips forward when braking
• Your car doesn’t handle properly around corners
• Your car bounces when you drive
• Your car has poor handling and excessive body roll on corners
Sometimes changes to your suspension system, especially to the performance of your shock absorbers, can be difficult to notice at first as they wear out over time.
We undertake any work we perform with quality in mind, and only use a genuine or equivalent range of shock absorbers, springs, struts and suspension replacement parts.
How does a suspension system work?
Your car’s suspension system is designed to give you complete driving control and a smooth, comfortable ride.
Suspension systems vary greatly between makes and models, but most consist of a chassis or frame, shock absorbers, struts, coil springs and leaf springs.
As you accelerate, any bumps you pass over in the road cause your car’s forward energy to be converted into vertical energy, which consequently travels through your car’s chassis.
Coil and leaf springs absorb this vertical energy preventing your vehicle from jumping up off the road. Next, shock absorbers and struts dissipate the energy absorbed by coil springs, so any vertical motion is quickly reduced to zero.
If your suspension system is well maintained, you’ll barely notice bumps you pass over on the road. However, if your shock absorbers or struts are worn, you and your passengers are in for an uncomfortable ride. As a result, it’s important for both your safety and comfort that your suspension system is in good working order.
The major benefits of a well-maintained suspension systemA well maintained suspension system not only increases your safety on the road, but also creates a host of other benefits you’ll notice when driving every day. These include:
Shorter stopping distance
Less vibration in steering
more comfortable ride
Less body roll
Better handling and safety
Improved steering response
Prolonged tyre life
Safer support under load