Understanding Suspension Systems

Suspension integrity is something that as drivers we give little thought about, and many more of us know little about. Understanding your vehicle’s suspension isn’t as difficult as you would expect it to be. Think of how your skeleton provides the structure to hold up your weight. Your joints cushion you as you walk and allow you to change direction. Your vehicle’s suspension system is similar: It bears the weight of your vehicle, absorbs bumps in the road and controls the body as you steer.

Like the bones in your body, your car or truck’s suspension parts are connected by joints that allow all the components to move as they should. Over time and miles, the joints start to wear and your suspension gets loose and doesn’t operate as precisely as before, reducing proper tire contact with the road. An accident, pothole or hitting a curb or rock can also damage or break minivan suspension components.

If you’ve ever hurt your foot, you know you’ve had to walk differently to keep it from hurting as bad. Do that long enough and your ankle, knee, hip and even your back will start to hurt from the strain of not moving normally. The same thing happens in your minivan when one joint or part is worn or damaged: it stresses everything else and causes premature wear to the whole system.

Signs of suspension problems include uneven tire wear, vibration, a pull to one side, or when your vehicle rattles or clunks when you hit a bump or turn on a windy road.

If you suspect a suspension problem, call Bob or Rhonda at Fox and Fox. We will schedule a thorough examination of your suspension system. Our techs can also check your alignment while they’re at it.

Taking care of worn or damaged suspension components early, will head off future damage and wear and keep you from having to make expensive repairs down the road.

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