suspension components

Summer travel inspections June 13, 2013
 

If youíre like most of us in Chicago, you want your car to handle well. Thatís the job of your suspension system.
There are different types of suspension systems, but they all work on the same basic principles. First, there are the springs, which bear the weight of the car. The most common springs are coil or leaf Ė although we see air springs and torsion bars more often. The springs do most of the work.
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But if all you had were springs, your vehicle would be bouncing around like a bobble head. Thatís where the shocks come in. They control the rebound of the springs and smooth out the up and down motions. They also keep the tires on the road, and you in control. Some Minivans use struts. Struts are a combination of shocks and springs, together in a more compact system.
Shocks wear out slowly over time, so itís hard to notice when they get badly worn. One way to tell is to look for an uneven, cupping wear on your tires. If the shock or strut is leaking fluid, it needs to be replaced. If your car feels floaty in turns or if the front end dips a lot when you stop, it is time to get your shocks checked. Your ownersí manual will tell you when your shocks should be changed Ė itís usually between 15,000 and 30,000 miles or 24,000 and 50,000 kilometers .
When you replace a shock, be sure to replace all four. Then your car will have an even suspension and will handle much better. Talk with your service advisor about how you drive. No, not your traffic violations, but how often you carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or drive in rough terrain. If you do a bunch of that, youíll need a heavy duty shock.
Regular shocks use hydraulic fluid and air as their dampening system. Premium quality shocks and struts use compressed nitrogen gas instead of air. Gas shocks donít get air bubbles that affect the performance of regular shocks. If you do a lot of high performance driving, off-roading or just want added comfort and control, think about getting premium gas shocks or struts.
Replacing your struts may take your car out of alignment, so be sure to get an alignment at the same time. So, to smooth out the bumps on the road of life, change your shocks and struts when they need it.   Triangle auto service 773-539-5858.  www.triangleradiator.net. www.triangleradiator.com, www.triangleradiator.net, www.chicagobrakerepair.com



 

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