Steering and Suspension
The suspension system interacts with the
steering system to provide vehicle control.
Steering & Suspension
The suspension system of a vehicle includes, the shock absorbers, springs and stabilizer bars that limit lateral motion and the tires.
The function of a vehicle’s suspension system is to maximize the friction between the tires and the road. In addition, the system provides steering stability, good handling and a comfortable ride. Most of these components help limit and suppress the vertical motion caused by bumps in the road and without these components;the tire would lose road contact resulting in steering and braking loss.
In addition, spring, shock absorber and tire sidewall “rebound rates” (how they rebound after a vertical motion) are all matched by the vehicle manufacturer to provide the best overall handling characteristics.
As the tire’s construction and air pressure can have a significant impact on vehicle handling and ride, care should be taken with purchasing tires to insure they meet manufacturer’s specifications and air pressures should be maintained at the PSI noted on the information sticker normally located on the driver’s side door post or the gas fill cap.
Your suspension may have problems if:
- the car pulls to one side;
- it wanders;
- the steering is erratic;
- you see uneven tire wear;
- you experience a poor ride or handling;
- you see oil leaking from shocks
You don’t feel like you are in control when you’re driving, time to get it checked out.