Hi-Tech Repairs: Auto Servicing From The FrontlinesHi-Tech Repairs: Auto Servicing From The Frontlines

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Hi-Tech Repairs: Auto Servicing From The Frontlines

This is Joe and I am so excited that I have landed an auto mechanic apprenticeship. I've never wanted to do anything else. I grew up watching dad tinkering with his car on weekends and the desire to be around grease and oil has been in my veins ever since. Even though I've only been training for a year, I've learnt that car servicing and repairs are different from when I used to watch my dad. These days it is very hi-tech and involves researching online manuals when a less common car comes in. It has really made me aware that mechanics need to be well-qualified and dedicated to their job as carelessness can put you in serious danger. I want everyone to understand the complexities of auto servicing these days and this journal is the result. I wish the very best for you and your car. Take care.

Why It's Just as Important to Service a Suspension System

To avoid the risk of breakdown and to maintain value in your automobile, you need to schedule service visits as and when recommended. Yet, while some may focus on engine, transmission and brakes, did you know that you should also service your suspension system as well? What should you be looking at to ensure that your suspension can carry your vehicle safely at all times?

Critical Components

A well-tuned suspension system can not only help give you a smoother ride when you encounter bumps or potholes, but it also has a major say in how efficiently your vehicle can turn a corner. If this system is in bad shape, it can also cause issues elsewhere and could lead to differential or braking system errors as well. You may also pay more for your fuel at the pump, as the vehicle has to work harder than it should.

Many of these suspension components rely on proper adjustment that can only take place during a routine service visit. Other individual parts are made from perishable materials to give them much-needed flexibility, but this can also lead to degradation and eventual failure.

Flexible Joints

When you take your vehicle in for suspension service, the first thing to look at will be bushings, flexible joints, bearings and other mounting points. If need be, the technician will make slight adjustments but may also change certain perishable items if they feel that they've seen their better days.

Tyre Wear

They will also have a quick look at the condition of your tyres, as this will tell a trained engineer a lot about the general health of the suspension and drivetrain system. If they see uneven wear patterns, then they can quickly trace these back to a specific anomaly. They may need to adjust or replace certain suspension components or conduct a full wheel realignment.

Power Steering

It's also important to check the integrity of the power steering system. If this is working as it should, it can help extend the suspension system's lifespan, and there are certain key components to focus on here. The belts that drive the steering pump must be in perfect condition, and it may be necessary to change the power steering fluid if it appears dirty or has an "off" colour.

Regular Servicing

Remember, issues with the suspension system can have knock-on effects throughout the vehicle. Consequently, it is important to schedule a full inspection and service whenever recommended by the manufacturer.

Contact an auto repair shop to learn more.