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The Importance of Your Car’s Suspension System

One important aspect of your vehicle includes the suspension system. Your car’s suspension system keeps your wheels safely on the road while helping your car absorb the shock of uneven surfaces. How your car accelerates, brakes, and handles traction issues such as rain, potholes, turns, and curves is determined by the condition of the suspension system.

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Parts of a Car’s Suspension System

Your suspension system is part of your car’s chassis and includes your tires, struts, shock absorbers, air springs, steering, sway bars, and axles. There’s a front suspension and a rear suspension. The front suspension deals with steering and traction while the rear suspension helps keep your car from lowering and hitting the ground. In short, your suspension system works together to keep distance between your car’s frame and the road for optimum control.

Why is the Suspension System Important?

Your car’s suspension system is important as it helps provide easier handling, keeping you safe and in control of your vehicle, as well as comfort. For instance, your shock absorbers keep you from feeling all the bumps and bouncing that come from driving on the road.

When to Replace Worn Shocks and Struts

Struts are a structural part of your chassis and help keep your car balanced and lifted off the ground. Here are some signs that they may need replaced:

  • When your struts are worn, they will likely leak hydraulic fluid.
  • Your tires may wear unevenly. Uneven tires mean poorer gas mileage and less traction.
  • If you push down on the hood of your car and it doesn’t spring back up or you hear a thud, that’s a sign that your struts and shocks aren’t doing their job.

Replacing worn shocks and struts is integral to keeping you and your family safe when driving. At Custom Complete Automotive, we can help you avoid costly repairs that can accompany worn shocks and struts and suspension issues. Contact us at one of our locations today for a full assessment and peace of mind!

7 Warning Signs of Failing Shocks and Struts

An important aspect of your car are the shocks and struts, as these parts are essential in ensuring a comfortable and safe ride. Not all vehicles have both shocks and struts, some just have shocks while others have only struts. Shocks are part of a vehicle’s suspension system, while struts are a complete suspension assembly.

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What Happens When Shocks or Struts Give Out?

If your shocks and/or struts are worn, your ride will become less comfortable and stable as the car will experience more bouncing. Even if you are willing to put up with a bouncy ride, you should consider the safety factors. Driving with worn or failing shocks and struts can increase your stopping distance, especially when the road is slippery or wet. You may not think you have a problem until you hit a slippery road and find out the hard way.

How Can I Tell if My Shocks and Struts are Failing?

Many factors are involved with the life of your shocks and struts. If you notice any of these warning signs, have a licensed mechanic check your car as soon as possible.

  1. Your vehicle constantly moves up and down, particularly at highway speeds. The movement may be slight but is noticeable.
  2. When braking suddenly or slamming on your brakes, the front of your car dips more than expected.
  3. During turns, the vehicle leans to one side, and during a sharp turn the vehicle feels wobbly and leans to the outside.
  4. When you hit the gas hard, the front of your vehicle rises and the rear lowers.
  5. Your tires bounce, particularly after hitting a bump. You may also hear a clunking sound.
  6. Your tires wear unevenly.
  7. Fluids leaks on the shocks or struts. This is a sign that the seals have broken and the internal fluids, essential to proper functioning, are escaping.

Driving with bad shocks and struts can be dangerous and lead to more expensive repairs if not promptly fixed.

To learn more about our shocks and struts services, or for any of your vehicle questions and maintenance needs, contact us at Custom Complete Automotive today!