What does the suspension system do?
Simply put, the suspension system connects the vehicle to its wheels. In doing so, it takes responsibility for two main functions:
- Providing a comfortable ride for the driver and passengers by smoothing out the bumps and other imperfections in the road.
- Keeping the wheels on the ground as much as possible to provide traction.
Without a suspension system, the car’s wheels would hit a bump and move up and down perpendicular to the road surface. This vertical energy would be transferred to the car’s frame, which would pull the wheels away from the road before gravity takes over and slams the car down. The suspension system must be finely tuned using a combination of springs and shock absorbers to reduce these effects for a comfortable and smooth ride.
Read about the factors that affect suspension repair costs:
The cost of a suspension repair depends on the make, model and year of the car. On luxury or performance vehicles like an SUV or a big sedan, the cost will tend to be higher. But, if it’s an old car with rust underneath, it can be time-consuming for a mechanic to access and remove old parts, which may also result in a higher price.
When should you get your steering and suspension systems inspected?
It’s a good idea to schedule regular inspections of your steering and suspension systems. It is usually easier, cheaper and safer to discover and fix a problem before it snowballs, causing further consequences. Steering and Suspension in Middlesbrough.
Firstly, at the following times:
- Every 50,000 miles.
- As part of your annual service or any time your car is in for routine service and the steering and suspension systems are accessible.
- When your tyres are replaced.
- When your brakes are serviced.
- When your oil and filters are changed.
Secondly, if you are involved in an accident where your front wheels or suspension are damaged, your entire steering and suspension systems should be checked for damage. Additionally, you should get your systems inspected if you notice any difference in your suspension or steering after any accident. Also check – Servicing and MOT.