What parts of your suspension system are prone to failure?
The suspension system of your vehicle is composed of hundreds of parts under constant stress as they support the weight of your vehicle and its occupants. These same parts are then responsible for giving you a safe, smooth ride. Because of these parts’ stress, they are often prone to failure.
Wheels and Tires
As the only part of your vehicle that touches the road, your tires are arguably the most important part of your suspension system. Tires wear down over time and need to be monitored. You want to ensure your tires have enough tread to be safe on the road in all weather conditions and balanced and aligned to keep your ride safe and comfortable.
Shock and Struts
The shock absorbers on your vehicle help to absorb the energy generated when your vehicle passes over bumps in the road. Without them, riding in a car might feel like riding a roller coaster as the vehicle bounces up and down at every small bump in the road. These components of your suspension system are filled with thick oil to absorb the energy, and over time, that oil may leak out, leaving your car bouncing as you go down the road.
Bushings, Bearings, and Joints
For the suspension system to operate, the parts must be joined by flexible parts such as bushings, bearings, and joints. Over time, these components undergo a lot of stress and will deteriorate. Your driving style and the environmental conditions you drive can also have detrimental effects on these parts of your suspension system. Accidents can also damage these parts.
It’s important that you include your suspension system in your preventative maintenance schedule so your mechanic can inspect these components for damage or failures and recommend repairs as soon as problems arise. The professionals at West Automotive Group in San Diego, CA, would be happy to assist you with and repair any suspension system problems you’re having. Give us a call today to schedule your service and avoid further damage.