Your vehicle's ability to absorb shock, maintain contact with the road, and its cornering ability are all dependent on the suspension system. So, when there's a problem with your suspension, shocks, or struts, you'll feel it in the form of poor handling and a rough ride. It can also be dangerous to drive with a bad suspension, as you'll have less control of your vehicle. Read on for more information about suspension, shocks, and struts, and give us a call at ValleyPro Autohouse if you're experiencing any of the issues described below.
Your vehicle's suspension is a system of springs, shock absorbers, and linkages that connect your car to its wheels and support its weight. Suspension can be optimized either for performance—like with a sports car—or for a comfortable, smooth ride—think luxury car. Most vehicles offer some balance between the two because physics simply doesn't allow for both. The components of your suspension system, including coils, shocks, struts, and tires, all affect your ability to control your car, while reducing the impact of road noise, bumps, and vibrations. The specific jobs of each of these components are:
There are a few ways to tell if there's a problem with your vehicle's suspension system. One easy test is to press downward on one corner of your car with your body weight. If it bounces more than once, the shock or strut is probably worn and needs replacement soon. Other symptoms of suspension issues are feeling like your car wants to turn when you're driving straight, your car leans excessively in curves, or you see little scallops in your tire tread—known as "cupped" tires. Our mechanics can perform a more detailed diagnostic check to determine the exact cause of your suspension problem and make appropriate suspension repairs before additional damage occurs.
If you suspect a problem with your vehicle's suspension, shocks, or struts, call the pros at ValleyPro Autohouse in Kelowna, BC. We serve drivers throughout the area, including Big White, Joe Rich, Winfield, Rock Creek, and Lake Country.