Ease on down, ease on down the road . . .
Most of us have heard the repeating line from the song “Ease on Down the Road,” but take our car’s ability to do that for granted. Without a properly working suspension system, we can’t travel down the road, especially not with ease.
The suspension system is a collection of components that lifts (suspends) the vehicle off the road surface and gives it the ability to move forward. Without it, we would own an auto body sitting flat on the ground, incapable of rolling. Your vehicle’s suspension is comprised of wheels/tires/air in the tires, shock absorbers, springs, and connective linkages.
These parts are always performing a balancing act. On the one hand, they need to keep the tires in contact with the road surface regardless of conditions. On the other, they need to smooth out the ride so that you and your cargo aren’t unreasonably shaken and jostled. The suspension system must reach a happy medium between solid road contact and creature comfort. Obviously, there are multiple components to be serviced, maintained, and/or repaired in this system. The ASE certified technicians at AutoStream Car Care Center in Clarksburg, Maryland, are ready to help you with all your vehicle suspension needs.
Types of Suspension
Generally, the suspension system is categorized as either dependent or independent. The basic difference between the two is the action of the wheels in relation to each other. In a dependent system, two wheels connected by an axle (i.e., the front wheels or the back wheels) rise and fall together. An independent system allows all four wheels to act alone. One wheel can rise and fall without impacting another. (Note: It is possible, though less common, to have a semi-dependent suspension system.)
Signs that your Suspension System Needs Attention
If you’re noticing a major change in your car’s ride comfort level or handling, you could have an issue with the suspension system. There are some common signs that indicate the need for a service visit to determine if you need a repair.
- One clue might be that you’re feeling every bump in the road.
- Another warning sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you’re driving.
- You may also experience difficulty in steering.
- If one corner of the car sits lower than the others, you likely need to have a mechanic take a look at the suspension.
- Finally, if your car or truck feels unstable (like it’s leaning or like you’re riding a diving and rolling wave), seek professional mechanical assistance.
AutoStream Car Care Center in Clarksburg, Maryland, has seen all these problems and can assist you with repairing your car so you can once again ease on down the road.