Your car's suspension is an area that is far more important than many people realise. It doesn't only affect how comfortable and smooth the ride is, although this is important, but it is also a vital aspect of your car's safety. Without a properly maintained and functioning suspension you can suffer adverse effects of on your car's handling, braking and acceleration, as well as unnecessary tyre wear and other issues. Making sure suspension systems are properly maintained is therefore vital.
What are some key aspects of your car's suspension?
Your car's suspension system is made up of four basic components namely the struts, shock absorbers, springs and of course your tyres. Shock absorbers and struts are vital for on road safety performing the function of keeping the tyres evenly connected with the road, and maintaining a vertical load on the tyres. The shock absorbers on your car go through as many as one thousand movements per kilometre so it is not surprising that they wear out quite quickly and should be checked every 20,000 kilometres by a quality repairer such as JAX Tyres in order to ensure safe and optimum operation. The springs support the weight of your car, and act as a flexible link that allows the body and frame to ride with minimal disturbance, while the tyres and suspension follow the road.
What are some key functions of your car's suspension?
The suspension of your car has a number of functions vital to safety and optimum performance. They include:
- Maintaining the correct vehicle ride height
- Reducing the effect of shock forces upon your car
- Maintaining the correct wheel alignment
- Supporting the vehicles weight
- Keeping the vehicles tyres in contact with the road
- Control of vehicle's direction of travel
Clearly the maintenance of your car's suspension system will be of vital importance to how your car handles and behaves on the road. Making sure it is working properly will not only make your car safer but will also help reduce unnecessary wear and tear. Monroe is a company that take the issue of suspension, and especially shock absorbers very seriously, and it is worth considering their Safety Triangle' stopping, steering and stability â€“ which means your brakes, tyres and shock absorbers need to work together seamlessly to ensure maximum safety.
It takes very little to demonstrate the importance of well maintained shock absorbers. A single worn shock absorber can add up to two metres to the stopping distance of a car travelling at just 50 kmph, which is the width of a pedestrian crossing! This sobering detail puts into perspective just how vital good suspension and well maintained shock absorbers can be! JAX Tyres is part of Monroe's Safety Specialist Dealer program, and as such is well placed to be able to offer careful repairs with quality parts to ensure that your vehicle's suspension is operating safely.
Why get regular suspension checkups?
The simple answer is that suspension is vital to the safety and performance of your car. As the part of your car that puts tyres in contact with the road, the suspension plays a critical role in how your car handles. Badly maintained suspension results in faster and more uneven tyre wear, which further compromises safety. Ride comfort is one very immediate benefit that accrues from a well maintained suspension, but it is only when you have to steer sharply or brake that the true importance is put into sharp relief. If you don't have a well maintained suspension system you are not as safe as you should be and are putting yourself and others at risk.