Reliable Suspension Repairs
A vehicle’s suspension is responsible for optimizing the friction between your tires and the roadway’s surface, to provide the most steering security with great handling and to ensure you and your passengers are comfortable during the drive. If roadways were flawlessly level, there would be no requirement for suspension in your car. However, all roadways, even highways, have subtle flaws that come into contact with the wheels of the vehicle and also apply pressure to the wheels. A bump in the road causes your tires to go up and down, perpendicular to the road’s surface. Without a suspension system, all of this vertical power created by the wheels will move to your vehicle’s structure, which will move in the same direction. Without your suspension system, the wheels of your vehicle can jump off the roadway and come back down with gravity. Your suspension is a system that will soak up the energy of the vertically accelerated wheel, enabling the frame and body to ride undisturbed while the wheels follow bumps in the roadway.
Just how does my automobile’s suspension work?
The 3 basic parts of a vehicle’s suspension are the springs, dampers, and anti-sway bars. The sprung mass in an automobile is the mass of the vehicle supported by springs, and the unsprung mass is the mass that is not sustained by springs. The rigidity of the springs figures out exactly how the sprung mass reacts to the automobile as you drive. Loosely sprung vehicles, like high-end cars, can take in bumps and create a smooth drive, but those autos are more vulnerable to body sway and are not excellent at cornering. Firmly sprung automobiles, like sports cars, are much less forgiving on the road but can be driven a lot more boldy.
Springs alone are inadequate to take in the upright acceleration produced by your vehicle’s wheels. The spring will continue to bounce until it runs out of energy, causing an extremely tough time. To prevent this, your vehicle has shock absorbers that reduce the springs down through a process called dampening. Shock absorbers slow down and reduce the size of vibratory movements by transforming the kinetic power of suspension movement into heat energy that can be dissipated through hydraulic fluid. Anti-sway bars are utilized with shock absorbers and springs to support vehicles as they move. An anti-sway bar is a metal rod that joins each side of the suspension with each other.
How do I know something is incorrect with my vehicle’s suspension?
Below are five signs to keep an eye out for that suggest your vehicle requires a suspension repair service:
- The car rides roughly.
If every bump in the roadway causes your car to bounce, there is absolutely a problem with your automobile’s suspension.
- Drifting or pulling during turns.
If your car or truck is drifting, this indicates your suspension isn’t keeping your vehicle stable when you turn.
- Dips or “nose dives” when stopping.
You may also notice that your car is taking much longer to get to a complete stop.
- Unequal tire treads.
- Harmed, “oily” shocks.
If you look under your vehicle and your shocks and/or struts look greasy or oily, they are probably leaking.
Your Trusted Shop for Suspension Repair
We at Town & Country Auto Repair in Eldersburg are experts in all things auto repair. We’ve been fixing cars since 1989 and our technicians have decades of combined experience. Here are some reasons you should choose Town & Country Auto Repair in Eldersburg:
- We are locally owned and operated and we have a family-friendly, community-based staff.
- We have ASE-Certified technicians who are extremely knowledgeable and produce excellent quality work.
- We offer a free shuttle service for you to utilize after you drop your car off, and have a loaner car program as well.
- We offer a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty on all our repair services.
- We are a BBB accredited business and have a A+ rating.
To schedule an appointment with Town & Country Auto Repair in Eldersburg, give us a call at 410-415-1650 or schedule an appointment online.