Why is Suspension Important?
Suspension systems help to give you a comfortable journey and they are vital for the safety of your vehicle. Suspension keeps your tyres firmly in contact with the road and dramatically affects the handling and braking of your car.
What is Suspension?
Suspension is the system of tyres, tyre air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheel. It dictates motion between the wheel and the vehicle and allows the components to work together to limit vibrations and bumps from the road, providing a safer and smoother driving experience. Your suspension system is also responsible for protecting the car’s frame from damage and wear and reducing noise from the road.
If your suspension is damaged and goes unrepaired it could lead to serious damage to your vehicle and you risk putting yourself in danger. This is because worn or damaged shock absorbers can dramatically affect the handling and braking of your vehicle and could even add two metres to your braking distance.
How to Identify a Problem with your Suspension
You can usually see signs that your vehicle has suspension problems and if you identify any of the following issues it is important that you take your vehicle to be checked. If you do have problems with your suspension, the following warning signs will arise:
- Your car rides roughly – A rough ride is the most obvious sign that your vehicle needs work and you will be able to feel bumps and vibrations in the road or your vehicle may ‘bounce.’
- Drifting when turning – You may begin to feel your vehicle drift, or pull, towards one side whilst you are turning. This means that your vehicle is unable to remain stable and central against the force of a turn and you are at increased risk of a rollover.
- Dips or Nose Dives when stopping – If you brake and feel your car dip forward your shocks may be worn out. This can be a dangerous side effect as your braking time is dramatically increased.
- Uneven Tyre Tread – Also a symptom of incorrect wheel alignment, uneven tread and balding spots on your tyres may be a sign that your suspension is no longer holding the car evenly.
What to do if your Suspension is Damaged
If you think that you may have a problem with your suspension, simply pop into one of our centres to speak to our specialists. At your local HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentre, one of our suspension experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and carry out an inspection, free of charge.
Our team will check over your springs, shock absorbers and linkages and if we find anything that needs replacing, rebalancing or repairing it we can fix it for you. If necessary, you will be offered replacements and we guarantee that they will be fitted quickly and professionally.
Click here to find your nearest HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres branch and let us provide you with a competitive quote for your suspension system fixes and shock absorbers.