Your car’s suspension system is responsible for the comfort of your ride. It consists of several components that connect the body of the vehicle to the frame of the vehicle with the purpose of adjusting the “leveling” of the car when braking, turning or encountering less than smooth road surfaces.
There are two types of suspension systems used in modern vehicles; one for front-wheel-drive vehicles and one for rear-wheel-drive vehicles also referred to as a conventional suspension since that was in use prior to front-wheel-drive being introduced.
Both systems incorporate springs, however, in a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the spring is a part of the MacPherson strut assembly, whereas, in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, the spring is separated from the shock absorber. Additionally, front-wheel-drive vehicles only use one control arm, whereas a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, uses an upper and lower control arm, which encase the spring. The control arms attach to the steering knuckle at either the bottom and top (conventional) or just the bottom ( front-wheel-drive) through a ball joint, which is a steering component designed to withstand the intense pressure of the weight of the car, while also allowing for rotation to smoothly allow the car to make left or right turns.
See the illustrations below showing a suspension system:
Air Suspension Systems
Most cars employ a mechanical suspension like one of those described above, however, many luxury vehicles have air-powered suspension systems which utilize a series of airbags in place of springs. These “air springs” are filled with air from a compressor, and the system utilizes ride height sensors to let the compressor know whether or not to add more air or release air from any of the airbags in order to level the vehicle.
Suspension System Repairs We Perform:
- Control Arm / Ball Joint Replacement
- Air Suspension Diagnostics and Repair
- Coil Spring Replacement
- Custom Suspension Work
- Lift Kit Installation
Ready to Make An Appointment For Your Suspension System Repair?
At Kneble’s Auto Service Center we always want to make the process of getting your car serviced as convenient as possible. To ensure that we can get your car serviced in a timely manner, we ask that you make an appointment.
We are able to accommodate those who desire to wait for their suspension system repair as we feature a comfortable waiting area complete with TV, complimentary refreshments, a library, desk, and a charging station. And yes, we even have free Wi-Fi!
If you need service and have not made an appointment you can always feel free to call us at (609) 625-3286 to get on the schedule.
Please note that we offer a shuttle service within a 10 miles radius of the shop (Estell Manor, Somers Point, Cologne, Galloway, and surrounding areas).
Frequently Asked Questions About Suspension Systems:
A squeaking noise can come from a worn our suspension component or an area of the suspension system that needs to be lubricated. Our ASE Certified Technicians have the expertise to pinpoint these noises, so we recommend making an appointment to have us inspect the vehicle.
Assuming you are not carrying extra weight in the trunk, worn-out springs, broken shock absorbers, or a malfunctioning air suspension system could cause your car to appear lower in the rear. It is best to have the vehicle inspected by one of our technicians who can assess the vehicle and determine the exact cause.
Worn out shock absorbers or Macpherson struts could certainly cause your vehicle to have extra “bounce”. It is best to have one of our technicians to confirm that nothing else is at fault.
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Suspension Knowledge Base
- Are You Aware of Your Vehicle’s Frame Condition?
- Avoid a Vibrating Steering Wheel with a Control Arm Replacement
- Does Your Vehicle’s Sway Bar Have You Rattled?
- Understanding the Importance of Ball Joints