The Vehicle’s Suspension System
Let’s talk about your suspension – you know, the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle, controls your handling and delivers a good ride as you cruise around New England. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability.
Hey, it’s a rough world out there in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts – every time you hit a pothole, a bump or an object in the road, your suspension system has to absorb the impact and maintain control.
Joints and Pivot Points
As you can imagine, your suspension has a lot of joints and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, axle shafts, the pitman, idler arms and the control arm bushing. They simply wear out over time.
When a joint or other part is worn the suspension parts don’t fit together as tightly as they should. Handling and steering has a loose feel and you may hear strange noises. Your tires will wear unevenly because they’re bouncing down the road a little off kilter.
A loose joint has the effect of stressing other suspension components so they wear out faster than they should. Sometimes a suspension part can be bent from hitting a rock or curb or by slamming into a big pothole.
Every time you bring your vehicle in for routine service to Auto Care Plus our Master Certified technicians will inspect your vehicle, we’ll look for signs of suspension problems: things like uneven tire wear, excessive play in suspension components and other visible damage. We can replace the worn or damaged parts and restore safe handling.
It’s a great idea to take care of these problems right away before they become more expensive to repair. And nobody at Auto Care Plus likes to see a tire that should last for several years get worn out in a matter of months because of a bad suspension part.
Let us help you keep your vehicle operating safely. And saving some money on repairs and tire replacement is a good thing too.
At Auto Care Plus with 9 locations serving Maine and New Hampshire, with a 5 year/50,000 mile warranty covering parts and labor nationwide, we have got you covered for all of your automotive needs!
DID YOU KNOW?
It’s easy to take your suspension system for granted, but normal wear and tear can affect your handling and safety. A worn suspension part starts a chain reaction that stresses other parts and causes them – and your tires – to wear prematurely. A brand new set of tires can be completely worn out in as little as 2000 miles because of a worn shock/strut or wheels out of alignment. Let us help you take care of your suspension.