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Suspension

 

 

Your suspension system does more than make your ride smoother! In fact, it's a key component of driving safety, and without it your tires and brakes won't work as well.

 

When was the last time you had your suspension checked? Visit your nearest TireXperts suspension Specialist today to ensure that your car's suspension doesn't let you down.

 

Your Suspension System - How does it work?

Your car's suspension system allows you to ride relatively undisturbed while travelling over rough roads. It also allows your vehicle to corner with minimum roll or sway, stop with a minimum of brake dive, and accelerate with a minimum of acceleration squat. This dynamic control keeps the tires in contact with the road.

 

The components of your car's suspension system perform six basic functions:

 

However, to ensure this happens, all of the suspension components, both front and rear, must be in good working condition.

 

Components of your Suspension System

Your car's suspension system is made up of struts, shock absorbers, springs and tires.

Shocks and struts are important for your driving safety. Their function is to keep the tires on the road by controlling spring and suspension movements and by maintaining a vertical load on the tires.

 

Under normal driving conditions, the shocks on your car stroke' over one thousand times per kilometre. As a result, shock absorbers wear out quite quickly. To maintain the maximum ride comfort and handling of you vehicle, Monroe, a global supplier of suspension parts recommends to check shock absorber performance every 20,000 kilometres and have them changed every 80,000km.

 

The springs support the weight of your vehicle, acting as a flexible link allowing the frame and body to ride relatively undisturbed while the tires and suspension follow the road.

 

The Danger of Worn Shocks

It only takes one worn shock absorber in your car to compromise your safety. Your braking distance can be increased by two metres, travelling at 50kmh, when your shock absorbers aren't working properly. This can cause a great deal of damage to your car.

 

Worn shocks may lead to:

 

Signs your vehicle needs new shocks and struts

 

Your vehicle may need new shocks and struts if:


If you notice signs that your shocks or struts may need replacing, get your vehicle inspected by one of our TireXpert dealers.

 

Symptoms of worn shocks and struts


Poor steering response, stiffness or noise when steering

Fluid leaks from shock or strut body

Dented or damaged shock or strut bodies

Broken, damaged, corroded or worn mounts or bushings

Excessive "nose dive" or instability when braking

Vehicle sways or leans on turns or when lane changing

Cupped, uneven tire wear

Excessive vehicle bounce after hitting a road bump

Harsh, bumpy or shaky vehicle ride

 


 

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