The Suspension System: How it Works
When it comes to your vehicle, some parts and systems seem easy to understand, while some seem downright confusing. On the surface, your suspension system seems pretty straightforward. In simplest terms, it ensures you have a smooth ride along whatever Minnesota road you drive on. But in reality, there is a lot more to it.
We’re here to break down what you need to know about your suspension, why it’s important, and how to ensure your safety on the road.
Your Suspension: The Basics
Not only does your suspension system help stabilize you on the road, but it also plays a big role in stabilizing your steering system. While there are several different types of suspension systems, each one is made up of a few major components: tires, springs, shock absorbers, and struts.
Springs: There are three types of springs – coil, leaf, and torsion. While these types are used in different vehicles, they all perform one function: To hold the weight of the vehicle.
Shock Absorbers: These do exactly what they say – they absorb any bumps you encounter to ensure you have a smooth ride. They also work with the springs to make sure your tires stay on the road.
Struts: This is simply a combination of a spring and a shock absorber. However, these aren’t found in all vehicles; some designs use separate springs and shock absorbers, while others use struts on the front of the vehicle to help support the steering system.
Signs of a Wearing Suspension System
- Bumpy or rough rides. If you’re starting to notice every little bump in the road or your vehicle feels more bouncy, it’s likely your shocks or struts are wearing out.
- Pulling or drifting. If you feel a pulling or drifting sensation when you turn, it means your shocks are having a hard time keeping your vehicle stable. This can increase your risk of a rollover.
- Rough stops. When your shocks are worn out, you may feel a dip or “nose dive” sensation when you try to stop – especially if you’re pressing firmly on the brakes. This can take a toll on how long it takes you to stop, increasing the likelihood of a rear-end crash.
- Tire treads. Uneven tread or bald spots are two signs your suspension isn’t supporting the car evenly. As a result, your tires take on added pressure, causing the treads on your tire to wear unevenly.
- Leaking fluids. This one is pretty straightforward. If you notice your struts or shocks are leaking, it’s time to take your vehicle into the shop. Even if they look oily or greasy, it’s likely they aren’t working as they should.
Suspension Services at Kennedy Transmission
Fortunately, your suspension is a major system that doesn’t need repairing or replacing often. However, it’s often difficult to diagnose any potential problems because the health of your suspension declines over time. Our trusted experts know all things suspension-related and will keep a close eye on your vehicle when you come in for regularly scheduled maintenance checks. Use our shop locator to find a Kennedy Transmission near you!