Tips & Advice
What are the signs that a car suspension may need service?
There are several clues that you may need to have your suspension checked. If your car rolls hard or experiences heavy swaying when cornering or turning, or if you “bottom out” (where the bottom of the vehicle scrapes the street), something could be broken or worn out. Worn tread on your tires, particularly if the wear pattern is excessive on the inside or outside of the tire, is another great clue. When you hit a speed bump or pothole, does your vehicle feel bouncy? That’s a good sign the car needs servicing. Understeering or oversteering, grinding, or clicking noises from the corners of the car can be clues you need to get it checked out.
What is car air suspension?
Air suspension is when the coil springs or leaf springs are replaced with airbags that are filled via a compressor. The bags mimic the springs and provide that same support, but are considered to provide a quieter and more comfortable ride. This type of suspension is more commonly used on trucks and big rigs.
What is car suspension tuning?
Suspension tuning is basically adjusting different elements of your suspension system to provide optimum performance.Tuning can be as simple as having proper air pressure in your tires. More advanced tweaks can include shock or struts height or stiffness, the use and adjustment of anti-roll bars to reduce understeering, and camber adjustment (the angles of the tires and wheels on the road), and, of course, keeping your front end aligned. These tweaks are vital in maximizing car performance.
How long does it take to replace a car suspension?
Most individual suspension fixes or part replacements should take less than a day to complete. Parts like tires and wheels, shocks, struts, and springs should only take a couple of hours to change out. Swapping out steering systems, bushings, bearings, and joints can be more time consuming, but all of these can be done in less than a day. If you are having multiple parts replaced, you very well might be looking at a couple of days as they cannot all be worked on simultaneously. All of this depends on the availability of parts, the shop’s schedule, and the mechanic’s skill.
How much does it cost to replace a car suspension?
The cost to replace a suspension or suspension parts in a car depends on the type of suspension, the car, the parts being replaced, and the skill and trustworthiness of your mechanic. Replacing wheels and tires can be a simple task and, depending on the level of performance, can cost anywhere from a few-hundred dollars to a few-thousand. Basic shocks or struts can cost from $75 on up (each), plus installation. Costs will vary, especially depending on the type and performance level of your car. A basic Honda Civic will likely be a lot less costly than a Ferrari F-550, and independent shops are usually less expensive than dealership shops.
How does a car suspension work?
A car suspension works in concert in several ways. The tires and wheels grip the road and cover surface area. They can be designed for speed or performance. The shocks and struts absorb bumps in the road, and prevent or minimize bouncing while providing lateral stability--when you turn they prevent the car from leaning. The bushings, bearings, and joints are specific to each wheel and provide turning and flexibility. All of these parts of the suspension system work together to provide stability, comfort, flexibility, and performance.
What is a car suspension?
The purpose of a suspension system in a car is for comfort; it is designed to absorb the bumps and imperfections in the road, like potholes and those annoying speedbumps. The suspension is also designed to keep and force the wheels on the ground for traction, steering, and handling. Shocks, struts, springs, tires and wheels, steering systems, and bushings, bearings and joints are all components of the suspension, which sits between the frame and the wheels. Those lowered hot rods and monster tall trucks have all modified their suspensions to get that way.