The suspension system on your vehicle performs two jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road at all times.
To see your suspension system, you’ll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle’s frame is part of the suspension system. They’re heavy-duty parts that work hard while you’re driving and take a lot of wear and tear. Because of this, you should have your technician at Wayne’s Automotive Center look at them once a year as part of your preventive maintenance routine. A good time for it is every time you get your alignment checked.
If your suspension is in trouble, you often feel it affecting how your vehicle drives. Signs you should get suspension system checked: if the vehicle pulls to one side or wanders, if the steering is erratic, if your ride isn’t as smooth as it should be, or if your vehicle handles poorly. Worn parts in your suspension system can also be the cause of uneven tire wear. If your shocks are leaking oil then they certainly need to be replaced. All-in-all, if you don’t feel in control when you’re driving, go get your suspension inspected.
Shocks and struts wear out. Wheel bearings may need to be repacked every few years. Some parts of your suspension may require lubrication whenever you change your oil. Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle under control. Good care can prevent accidents for Reno drivers.
Even a minor accident can damage your suspension system or knock your wheels out of alignment. Merely hitting a curb, pothole or large rock can damage your suspension. A wheel balancing or alignment won’t correct a suspension problem, and after any suspension work, you may need to get an alignment.
At Wayne’s Automotive Center, we advise Reno drivers never to procrastinate on getting their suspension system repaired. Suspension system damage can lead to loss of control of a vehicle in an emergency situation and serious accidents.
Potholes are unsightly nuisances around Reno, but they’re also a major cause of suspension damage for Reno vehicles. To avoid this, Reno drivers should always keep their tires properly inflated. This gives the tires maximum resiliency. When you’re driving around the Reno area, avoid potholes if possible. Slow down before driving over potholes you can’t avoid. Slower speeds limit pothole damage. But if you’re a little late detecting a pothole, don’t brake on top of it. This will throw the vehicle’s weight forward and increase the damage.
The suspension system may not be pretty to look at, but it provides you with a safe, comfortable ride — as long as you maintain it properly. You don’t have to show it off, but you should be proud of it.