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Maintain your suspension system at Bridgestone Select
At your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store, our emphasis has always been on the safety of your vehicle, which in turn keeps both you and your passengers safe.
One of the main systems affecting the overall safety of your vehicle is the suspension system. It can have a huge impact on your braking, steering and tyres.
Stay safe on the roads with regular checks
Your vehicle’s suspension system is made up of many components including shock absorbers, springs, ball joints, tie rod ends and suspension bushes to name a few.
However, if just one of these parts is worn or damaged, your whole suspension system becomes ineffective.
Know the warning signsEven when stationary, there are other tell-tale signs that certain components of your suspension system are worn and should be checked:
If your shock or struts are worn, there are some things to look out for when driving:• Vehicle dips forward when braking
How does a suspension system work?
Obviously suspension systems will vary greatly between makes and models, but most will consist of a chassis or frame, dampeners (including shock absorbers and struts), coil springs and leaf springs.
Your vehicle’s suspension system is designed to give you complete driving control and a smooth, comfortable ride.
As you accelerate, any bumps cause forward energy to be converted into vertical energy, which consequently travels through your vehicle’s chassis.
Coil and leaf springs absorb this vertical energy preventing your vehicle from jumping up off the road.
Dampeners (shock absorbers and struts), then dissipate the energy absorbed by coil springs, so any vertical motion is quickly reduced to zero.
Effectively, this means if the dampeners are in good condition, you’ll barely notice the bumps in the road. However, if they’re worn, you and your passengers are in for an uncomfortable ride.
For safety’s sake, the key thing to remember is to ensure your suspension system is in good working order.
Shorter stopping distance
Smooth comfortable ride
Less vibration in steering
Less body roll
Better handling and safety
Improved steering response
Prolonged tyre life
Safer support under load