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What is the Suspension on my vehicle?

So the suspension is your vehicle’s shocks and struts. They act like hydraulic pumps keeping your wheels on the ground and your steering and suspension system properly positioned on the chassis of your vehicle.

When you drive your car, shocks and struts keep it from bouncing around. This is because they provide a buffer between your wheels and frame so that the body of your vehicle does not collide with the ground or even the tires themselves. For this reason, maintenance and repair of your suspension is essential.

Even though some people use the terms shocks and struts interchangeably when discussing suspension repair, they are actually two different components. They both absorb and redistribute energy, but, they have significant differences. Shock absorbers minimize bouncing and help control the driver’s handling of the vehicle. Struts on the other hand, provide overall structural support  with spring-like connectors between the wheel and the steering suspension.  

In addition to ensuring proper vehicle alignment, healthy struts ensure that the car turns as it should. If struts were not present, the body of your car would rest directly on the ground. You now understand why front suspension repair is so important.

Why do I need new shocks and struts?

Power steering fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. The power steering fluid breaks down as the years go by and collects unwanted moisture.

A properly working steering and suspension system can enhance the comfort of your vehicle’s ride and is essential for keeping safe control of your vehicle.

New shocks and struts provide an improved ride, enhanced handling, better control, greater stability, shorter braking distance, advanced safety and superior comfort. Contact us at (303) 466-9800 for further information.

During a routine inspection and maintenance of  your car’s suspension system, we will:

Inspect shocks for leaks, cracks and other signs of damage.

Check for uneven tire wear (this is also an indicator for worn shocks and struts).

Remove old power steering fluid from system.

Flush & clean system.

Refill with new power steering fluid according to vehicle specifications.

What are the signs of suspension problems?

Below are some common signs your suspension system needs some TLC:

  • Continuous bouncing after hitting bumps or dipping when braking.

  • Drifting or pulling to one side when entering a corner.

  • The parked car is sitting lower on one side than the other.

  • Steering is difficult.

  • The ride is unusually bumpy.

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