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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.