A smooth, comfortable ride in your vehicle doesn't happen by chance. Many factors play into this equation, and the suspension is at the heart of it all. The suspension is a system of springs, shock absorbers, and connections between the wheels and your vehicle. They are designed to absorb shock, so you don't feel every bump on the road's surface. The suspension also helps your vehicle take corners smoothly. If something is off with the suspension, the comfort of your ride, your vehicle's performance and handling, and its safety are all at risk. We want you to enjoy a smooth ride and solid performance from your vehicle, and we offer a number of suspension services to help with this.
Basic Components of Your Car's Suspension
Understanding suspension and its impact on your vehicle starts with understanding its basic components. Your ability to control your car and the reduction of vibrations inside the cabin are dependent on all of these:
Springs – When you hit a bump or hole in the road, the coil or leaf springs in the suspension take the brunt of the force. If you're looking for handling, you want tightly wound springs. If you're looking for a smooth ride, you want loosely wound springs.
Shocks – The shocks, or shock absorbers, are responsible for handling the rebound from the springs that are also part of the suspension system.
Struts – The struts hold the spring and the shock absorbers. They are the connection between the wheels and your car. Struts need to be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles to keep your car running well.
Tires – The tires are the final part of the suspension. If they aren't properly inflated or balanced, your car will not handle well.
For your car to handle well and run smoothly, all of these components must be in good, working order. If you're noticing any problems, our mechanics can help.
Common Signs of Suspension Problems
How can you tell if your suspension needs a little assistance from our mechanics? Some signs to watch for include:
Push your weight down on a corner of the vehicle and let go. If it bounces more than once, then you may have a worn shock or strut.
Notice if the car leans into curves when you are driving or if it pulls to one side when you're driving straight. This can indicate a suspension problem.
Check the tread. Do you see scallops or cupping? This can indicate uneven wear, which can be due to suspension problems.
Bring your car to our shop for a suspension diagnostic test. This will give you the most accurate look at how well your suspension is performing.
Our Suspension Services
At our shop, we offer a number of suspension services to help keep your car tuning well and performing at its best.
In addition, we can assist with modifications involving your suspension. For instance, if you want to add a lift kit or lowering kit, we can ensure it's done well without damaging your suspension. If you are looking to add a sway bar or replace your frame, we can assist with that as well.
Trust Our Mechanics for Suspension Services
If your car is getting a little uncomfortable or is suffering from poor handling, we can help. Drive in to our clean, welcoming shop for suspension repair and alignment services, and drive away with a comfortable ride again.
Sterling Tire & Auto in Sterling Heights services the needs of Birmingham, Center Line, Clawson, Clinton Township, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, Troy, Utica, Warren, Washington Township.
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