Suspension Repair

What is a suspension?

A suspension system insulates the vehicle?s passengers from road noise and vibrations and also protects the vehicle itself. It consists of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connect a vehicle to the wheels.

How can I tell if something is wrong with the suspension?

If the vehicle wanders from side to side or makes a clunking noise over bumps, the suspension bushings may be worn and will need to be replaced. Too much bouncing over bumps could indicate worn shocks or a leaf spring. Some problems are simple, and before replacing parts, it?s a good idea to check for loose nuts and mounting bolts. Another likely suspects of suspension problems are low tire pressure or worn tires or wheels out of balance.

What are my options?

The vehicle can be taken to a repair shop, or the owner can diagnose or perform some repairs, but a DIY repair may not always be feasible. There are numerous automotive websites that advertise repair services and parts; while others offer repair manuals or how-to books.


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