Auto Body Shop 101: Suspension Repair

June 16th, 2023 by

Suspension inspection

You may think that your car’s wheels and steering system are the most critical parts of your vehicle. However, your car’s suspension system supports these systems and performs other overlooked functions. An auto body shop can fix suspension problems to improve your driving safety and comfort. 

What Does Car Suspension Do?

Your car’s suspension performs two functions. Firstly, it promotes driver and passenger comfort by smoothing out bumps in the road. Springs or shock absorbers absorb the impact of bumps, potholes, and speedbumps, decreasing how much passengers feel.

Secondly, it ensures your car’s chassis remains in good condition, and its wheels and steering column remain aligned. Struts connect the axles and chassis of your vehicle and ensure that they stay straight. The same struts hold your steering column upright and maintain your vehicle’s ride height.

How Do I Know if My Suspension is Damaged?

Worn-out springs or shock absorbers will result in a noticeably bumpier ride. They may also cause the front of your car to dip when you brake because they do not absorb the force of your vehicle stopping suddenly. Whether inside or observing externally, you may notice one corner of your car sagging downward.

What Does Suspension Repair Entail?

Replacing worn shock absorbers and springs will restore your suspension system’s ability to soften the force exerted on your car’s chassis, preserving it from damage. Depending on what kind of vehicle you drive, the terrain on which you travel, and how much weight it carries, you may also replace the factory shocks with heavier-duty shock absorbers. Tightening the bolts attaching the struts to your axles helps prevent wheel misalignment.

Restore Your Car Suspension at Sunroad Collision Center

While suspension maintenance can be done at any OEM repair shop, if you suspect damage, it’s best addressed at Sunroad Collision Center. We’ll assess surrounding parts and systems, provide a written estimate, and ensure you’re back on the road safe and sound.

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