Suspension System

A car's suspension system is in place to maximise the comfort whilst driving your vehicle on the road through accelerating, decelerating, taking corners and over uneven surfaces. Technically, the system is in place to maximise the contact between the vehicle's wheels and the road surface. Suspension components including springs, dampers and anti-roll bars work together by absorbing the force or pressures exerted on the vehicle during driving and preventing forces taking the wheels away from the road surface.

Shock Absorbers

Traditional vehicles will have four shock absorbers that will absorb the forces exerted onto the vehicle chassis. These comprise if coiled heavy duty spring bars attached and wrapped around a central downward axis. This downward axis is known as the damper, which in essence is a hydraulic piston that absorbs the pressures with the springs and then returns the spring to its original position in a controller manor. This controlled return prevents erratic up and down movements that would otherwise occur if pressure was applied to the spring alone.

Anti-Roll Bars

These bars connect each side of the car's suspension together. Their job is to provide greater stability and drivability of a vehicle, especially when driving around corners. The bars transfer weight and pressure from one wheel to the other when forces are applied to one side of the vehicle. The control it provides prevents vehicle sway.

The suspension system is essential to the drivability of the car and your safety on the road. If you have any concerns over irregular handling of your vehicle or driving becomes uncomfortable, you may have a suspension issue. Mr Clutch is able to offer free advice and should we have any concerns with the symptoms you are experiencing, will arrange a no-obligation inspection of your vehicle.