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 tyres and brakes won't work properly.

 

Have you checked your car’s suspension system recently? If you are not sure about this then visit your nearest Car Tyres and You store and licensed vehicle testers will confirm that your car's suspension doesn't let you down.

 

Functioning of Vehicle Suspension System

A vehicle’s suspension system permits you to ride relatively undisturbed while going over damaged streets. It also allows your car to corner with minimum roll or sway, minimise your stopping distance, and accelerate with minimal acceleration squat. This dynamic control keeps the tyres in contact with the road.

 

Your car's suspension system performs six basic functions:

 

  • 1.Maintain vehicle ride height and stability
  • 2.Decrease the impact of shock forces
  • 3.Maintain correct wheel alignment
  • 4.Support vehicle weight
  • 5.Keep the tyres in contact with the road
  • 6.Control the vehicle's direction of travel

 

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

 

So what are the key Components of a Suspension System

A Vehicle's suspension system is made up of struts, shock absorbers, suspension arms and bushes, springs and tyres.

 

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

 

In the normal vehicle driving situations, 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 your vehicle, check shock absorber performance every 20,000 kilometres and have them changed when advised.

 

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

 

Negative Impact 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 when travelling at 50kmh, with shock absorbers that aren't working properly. This can cause a great deal of damage to your car.

 

Consequences of Worn shocks:

 

  • 1.Excessive tyre bounce
  • 2.Poor tyre-to-road contact
  • 3.Reduced suspension control
  • 4.Premature tyre wear
  • 5.Reduced handling and braking performance
  • 6.Noise and suspension vibration.