Accelerate Auto Repair

Suspension

Your vehicle’s suspension gives you a smooth ride and helps you to haul loads in your truck or car. If you configure the suspension of a hotrod right, it means the difference between hooking up off the line or eating the other guy’s dust. The suspension also controls how your vehicle takes curves and helps to keep the body off the tires.

When you need a shop that knows how to make sure your daily driver’s suspension is the best that it can be, or you need special configurations for performance vehicles, drag racing, or something that will handle those monster tires on your off-road truck, Accelerate Auto Repair is the shop to work on your suspension system.

The Suspension System in a Nutshell

Roads might look smooth to you, but they’re not. The suspension smooths out the force of the tires hitting bumps, dips and potholes in the road, which makes the road feel smoother than it really is. The suspension system also makes a car easier to drive by making sure the car stays in contact with the road and the driver has control over the tires.

The suspension system uses springs, dampers and struts to provide comfort in the cabin and safety as you drive. The springs store the energy of the bump by compressing. The amount of energy a spring can compress depends on the type of spring and its size. A vehicle uses two types of springs, depending on the model: coil springs or leaf springs.

The springs can’t do all the work themselves. They’ll just keep bouncing if they don’t have a damper to convert the energy they absorb. Dampers – or shock absorbers – feature a piston, pressurized oil, and small holes. When the spring absorbs energy, it transfers it to the shock, which then forces the piston to move through the oil. The energy converts to heat energy, essentially “eating” the energy in the spring. When this happens, you won’t feel the bump in the cabin as long as the springs and shocks can overcome the size of the bump.

Hand of an Accelerate Auto Repair technician checking the suspension underneath a vehicle

Struts are a combination of a coil spring and a shock and work the same way as coil-over shocks and leaf springs with separate shocks.

Types of Suspension

While vehicles have many types of suspension, they all work in the same basic way. However, some types of suspension provide more benefits for certain types of cars. Your vehicle’s manufacturer used the type of suspension it thought best for the type of vehicle you have.

Suspension types include double-wishbone suspension, MacPherson struts, solid-axle – including leaf springs, trailing control arm, and panhard rod. The various types provide various degrees of comfort and control. Some, such as MacPherson struts, are better suited to front-wheel drive vehicles, while double wishbone suspension is common on sports cars.

If your vehicle isn’t riding as smoothly as it should, contact Accelerate Auto Repair at 469-501-5115 for an appointment to check, and if necessary, to repair your vehicle’s suspension.

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