Vehicle Steering and Suspension in Kelowna, BC
Have you ever driven over a bump and rocked all over the place? You’d
notice those bumps a lot more if you have a problem with your suspension
system. Bring your vehicle to the automotive experts at Integra Tire
in Kelowna, BC if you think that you might have an issue with your
What is a Suspension System?
The suspension system in your car is made up of dampers and springs that absorb shock. By absorbing the energy from different road bumps, your car's suspension helps guarantee that your drive is secure and comfortable.
The principal components of a car's suspension are:
· Springs that aid in regulating the suspension and cabin's load and height
· Shocks, also known as dampers, that absorb and reduce the kinetic energy impulses that your tires send when they make contact with the ground
· Anti-sway bars are also most likely a part of your car's suspension system. The anti-sway bar can aid in adjusting how your wheels travel in relation to your steering wheel. It successfully stabilises the direction of your car as it travels down the road.
There are two types of suspension systems: independent and dependent.
When your front or rear wheels move independently of the front or rear axle, respectively, independent suspension systems are used. On the other hand, dependent suspension systems are utilised when axle movement constrains wheel direction.
What Does a Suspension Do?
Your car's tires naturally roll over numerous flaws and bumps when you travel on the road. Each time the bumps come into contact with the wheels of your car, force is applied. When you drive over a bump in the road, your wheel is forced to move vertically (relative to the road's surface) up and down. Little jolts won't provide your car much kinetic energy in the vertical direction, but larger potholes or irregularities in the road surface, however, can transfer a lot of energy. Without a suspension, all of that energy would be transferred to the car's frame and would make driving very uncomfortable.
The suspension of your car absorbs the energy transferred through your car's wheels to let your car's cabin sit atop the suspension relatively smoothly. The shocks or dampers absorb the impulses; as a result, kinetic energy moves along the dampers rather than being sent to the cabin of your car. Your suspension's springs flex and expand in the background to regulate how that kinetic energy is lost. They also stop the suspension of your car from jumping around too much. Together, these two elements keep the ride of your car feeling level and even.
Questions to Ask if You Think You May Have a Failing Suspension System
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, bring your vehicle to Integra Tire in Kelowna, BC to have your suspension system checked:
· When you stop abruptly or after hitting a bump, does your automobile continue to bounce?
- When you press the brakes, does your vehicle dip?
- When you turn, does your car lean or roll to one side?
· Are your tires wearing unevenly or more quickly than usual?
· When you encounter a bump, does your steering wheel tremble?
· When you encounter a bump, do any of your wheels make any rattling or thumping noises?
Let the experts at Integra Tire in Kelowna, BC check your suspension system to ensure that you and your passengers always have a comfortable ride.