The suspension system in your vehicle is responsible for providing a smooth and comfortable ride, while also maintaining proper tire contact with the road. It is made up of several different components that work together to absorb and dampen road shocks, and keep your vehicle stable and controlled. Here are some of the main parts of a typical suspension system:
Springs: The springs are the main components of the suspension system that absorb road shocks and vibrations. They are typically made of steel or other durable materials and are designed to compress and expand as the vehicle goes over bumps and rough roads.
Shock absorbers: Shock absorbers are also known as dampers, and they work in conjunction with the springs to control the motion of the wheels and provide a smooth ride. They are typically made of a combination of metal and oil and are designed to dissipate the energy from road shocks.
Struts: Struts are similar to shock absorbers, but they also play a role in supporting the weight of the vehicle. They are typically found on the front suspension of a vehicle and are designed to provide both damping and structural support.
Control arms: Control arms are typically found on the front and rear suspension of a vehicle and are responsible for controlling the movement of the wheels. They are typically made of metal and are connected to the frame of the vehicle and the wheels.
Ball joints: Ball joints are small, spherical bearings that connect the control arms to the steering knuckles and allow for smooth steering. They are typically made of metal and can wear out over time, leading to steering problems.
Tie rods: Tie rods are also known as steering links, and they are responsible for connecting the steering rack to the steering knuckles. They are typically made of metal and can wear out over time, leading to steering problems.
Sway bars: Sway bars are also known as anti-roll bars, and they are responsible for controlling the roll of a vehicle. They are typically made of metal and are designed to reduce body roll and improve handling stability.
By understanding the different parts of your vehicle's suspension system and how they work together, you can better understand what maintenance and repairs may be necessary to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely. And also by regular inspection and maintenance you can prolong the life of these parts in your vehicle, saving money and keeping your vehicle running safely. Please bring your vehicle to Auto Masters Repair, LLC today for suspension work!