One main function of your car’s suspension is to provide a smooth, comfortable ride – even when you’re on a bumpy road. However, your suspension’s most important job is to keep all four tyres in firm contact with the road so that steering, driving and braking systems are effective. Without your suspension in good working order, control of the vehicle can diminish and could lead to unfortunate accidents.
There are many parts working together to ensure your car’s suspension is doing its job. Shock absorbers (or struts) and springs are the main parts, however, it’s important that other parts, including ball joints, tie rod ends and suspension bushes are in good condition.
If any of these parts are worn, your suspension system becomes ineffective and this is incredibly unsafe. For example, just one worn shock absorber means you may need up to 2.6-metres longer to stop the vehicle. That could be the difference between stopping safely or crashing.
Here is a list of some of the things that can occur when your shock absorbers or struts are worn. If any of these happen to you, it’s time to get them replaced.
- Car dips forward when braking
- Tyres show evidence of unusual tread wear
- Shock absorbers are leaking fluid
- Car doesn’t handle properly around corners
Mark Brackstone Motors technicians can assess your vehicle and recommend the appropriate repairs then you can drive off knowing you have done all you can to ensure your car is in good, safe condition.