An automobile’s suspension supervises of optimizing the friction between your tires and the roadway’s surface, to get the most steering stability with wonderful handling and to ensure you and your passengers are comfortable during the drive. If roadways were flawlessly level, there would be no need for suspension in your vehicle. However, all roads, even freeways, have little imperfections that come in contact with the wheels of the vehicle and apply pressure to the wheels. A bump in the roadway causes your tires to go up and down, vertical to the roadway’s surface. Without a shock absorber, all of this vertical power created by the wheels will transfer to your vehicle’s structure, which will move in the same direction. Without your shock absorber, the wheels of your automobile can jump off the roadway and return down with gravity. Your suspension is a system that will absorb the power of the vertically accelerated wheel, enabling the frame and body to ride uninterrupted while the wheels adhere to bumps in the roadway.
How does my car’s suspension work?
The 3 basic components of a vehicle’s suspension are the springs, dampers, and anti-sway bars. The sprung mass in a car is the mass of the automobile carried by springs, and the unsprung mass is the mass that is not suffered by springs. The tightness of the springs establishes how the sprung mass responds to the vehicle as you drive. Freely sprung cars, like high-end cars, can soak up bumps and create a smooth drive, but those automobiles are much more vulnerable to body sway and are not remarkable at cornering. Securely sprung autos, like sports cars, are much less flexible on the road but can be driven a lot more boldy.
Springs alone are not enough to absorb the vertical velocity developed by your automobile’s wheels. The spring will continue to bounce until it lacks power, causing an extremely bumpy ride. To stop this, your auto has shock absorbers that slow down the springs using a method called dampening. Shock absorbers lower the size of vibratory tasks by transforming the kinetic power of suspension movement into heat energy that can be dissipated with hydraulic fluid. Anti-sway bars are used with shock absorbers along with springs to sustain vehicles as they move. An anti-sway bar is a steel pole that joins each side of the suspension with each other.
How do I know something is wrong with my automobile’s suspension?
Below are 5 indicators to watch out for that reveal your car requires a suspension repair service:
- Cars rides roughly.
If every bump in the roadway activates your car to bounce, there is most definitely an issue with your vehicle’s suspension.
- Drifting or pulling during turns.
If your vehicle is roaming, this implies your suspension isn’t keeping your car steady when you turn.
- Dips or “nose dives” when stopping.
You might also notice that your car is taking much longer to reach a complete stop.
- Uneven tire treads.
- Damaged, “oily” shocks.
If you look under your car and your shocks and/or struts look greasy or oily, they are most likely leaking.
Your Trusted Shop for Suspension Repair
We at Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall are experts in all things auto repair. We’ve been fixing cars since 2001 and our technicians have decades of combined experience. Here are some reasons you should choose Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall:
- Our waiting area has free coffee, water, and WiFi for you to enjoy.
- We have a courtesy local shuttle service to continue your day while we service your vehicle or ask about our loaner car service.
- Our shop has been recognized by The Dallas Morning News and RepairPal and our loyal customers have voted us Living Magazine’s “Best Auto Repair Shop” in the area for the last seven years.
- Our staff is certified female-friendly by AskPatty.com.
- We sell industry leading tire brands like Toyo, Continental, and Nexen.
To schedule an appointment with Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall, give us a call at 469-698-8585 or schedule an appointment online.