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Car Suspension Parts

The suspension system is essential in the construction of the vehicle. Why? Because we want to feel comfortable while driving. And we need to have control over the vehicle direction and speed as well. The latter is actually more vital since the loss of grip over car steering might contribute significantly to an eventual accident. And the wear of car suspension parts might make the automobile bounce on every bump on the road. It can be unpleasant, to say the least, and even dangerous if the car steering segments occur to be in increasingly bad shape.

So, we have control and comfort while driving thanks to that system. It has to be in overall good condition all the time, even when the components have been working for some time. And it is highly surprising to say that car suspension parts wear out faster than other segments of the vehicle. This system takes a massive amount of pressure to make the vehicle stable and the passengers comfortable.

How does suspension work?

The bottom line here is converting force into heat to minimize or remove the impact of all irregularities on the road. Car suspension is built to dissipate the effects of any vertical movement in the course of a ride. What is the name of those parts? We can usually find the following elements in the system:

  • Springs
  • Struts also called dampers or shock absorbers

These car suspension parts are attached to the wheel (to every wheel speaking of independent suspension - more about it soon) to prevent shaking and jolting from affecting other systems and passengers' convenience too.

What types of car suspension exist?

We can find dozens of types and subtypes with so many makes and models. However, let's look at it as simple as it can be. Then we name two general categories of vehicle suspension:

  • Solid axle (Beam) suspension
  • Independent suspension

The first type means that a pair of wheels (front or rear) are connected. The link made by a rigid axle implies that if one of the wheels hits a bump on the road, it will affect the other wheel too. Regarding the independent suspension, here we have every wheel on its own taking impacts of road irregularities. Different angle values in turns are also present in this kind. Some cars find the middle ground using the so-called semi-independent suspension. 

When is the time to replace car steering components?

Struts and springs are used in the independent suspension. They deteriorate over time, but it is the mileage we need to look at to know when is the time for a repair. They might not be evenly worn out. Even so, it is recommended that pairs of car suspension parts on both sides of the vehicle need to be replaced simultaneously, not separately. Typically, after 50 thousand miles, those components need replacements, but sometimes it can become obvious that the repair has to be done sooner. 

What are the signs of car suspension parts degrading?

We have to repeat it, so let's say it another way. When the car gets bouncy, and it is harder to handle during the ride, it is an obvious sign that you need to take a look at those car suspension parts. There might be a leak from the shock absorber or damage to the spring. If you feel like the vehicle:

  • bounces extendedly going over bumps; 
  • taking nose dives when braking; 
  • makes body rolls in turns; 

There is a clear sign that something is wrong, and you need to visit the repair shop to check out the car steering. Finding suitable spares is easy with TDC Automotive regarding the UK mainland.