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All the World’s a Stage: Car Struts, Shocks and Suspensions

In a society where there are more cars on the road, people are driving more frequently, and for longer distances, drivers have become much more in-tune with their vehicles. A car has become one of the most important pieces of technology in our busy lives, which is why it must always be in good operating condition to alleviate the potential for headaches.

Suspension issues can be one of the most important, yet unrecognized area of a car’s functioning. If you feel that your car will no longer drive straight without constant steering adjustments or is frequently veering to one side, it may be time for new struts or shocks. For the average driver, a suspension system may seem fairly complex; however, it is important that every driver understand the basics of a car’s suspension system to acknowledge potential issues as soon as they arise.

Understanding a Car’s Suspension System

Every car has an internal skeleton called the chassis that serves to unify a vehicle’s internal and external parts. Within a chassis, everything from the engine to the wheels has its proper place to ensure smooth functioning while the car is in motion. A car’s suspension system is made up of its tires, springs, shock absorbers, and other linkages that connect it to its wheels. The suspension contains both the parts needed for movement and inhibition. Both struts and shocks absorb spring movement while the car is in motion.

Understanding when it’s Time to Replace your Suspension

A driver can tell when something is wrong with their vehicle simply by turning it on and going for a drive. In the case of a car’s suspension, problems may be immediately noticed when the car’s trunk or hood seem to bounce up and down after a quick stop. Usually, shock absorbers and struts work to control this movement, but in this case they may be damaged. When driving, cars should stop smoothly without any unnecessary movement. If the car feels like it is jerking when brakes are applied, the car’s suspension may need to be serviced or replaced. If a car is unable to handle turns as easily as before, or seems to be drifting to one side, we recommend visiting us at one of our Speedy Apollo locations for evaluation and repairs.

Typically, a suspension replacement is suggested between 80,000 and 100,000 km, or if the car is between 5 to 15 years old. Any greater than 100,000 km and the suspension is definitely due for a replacement.

My Suspension is probably Fine…Right?

Ignoring any car problem is always unadvisable, especially ignoring a potential suspension issue. A car’s suspension is designed to ensure a smooth, fluid drive, and if a car does have issues, it means other parts are also being damaged. Ignoring these issues can lead to more expensive costs in the future and may comprise the safety of you and your family while on the road.

At Speedy Apollo, we offer car strut service, shock installations, and regular car repairs in our auto repair shops in Calgary and surrounding areas. Visit our website to learn more about our services, and to book an appointment for your car.

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