The role of your vehicle’s suspension is to allow the wheels and chassis to move more freely and independent of the car, truck or SUV body. The suspension provides more stability as you drive over any variety of road surfaces, or blemishes. There are many key components in a vehicle’s suspension system, the most critical being shock absorbers or the strut-based system typical in many front-wheel-drive cars
Generally, shock absorbers on a vehicle can last up to 50,000 miles, while struts can go up to 80,000 miles. That life expectancy is based on the quality of the shock or strut as well as where you drive and how you drive. There are some telling signs if your shock or strut needs to be replaced.
Overall, if you are hearing clunks or rattling from your wheel areas when hitting bumps and your starting to feel every little bump on the road, it’s a good indication that your shocks or struts need to be checked, and likely replaced. Bad shocks will cause additional fatigue on all the other components of your vehicle’s suspension system and in particular extra wear on your tires.
When you bring your car to Guaranteed Brakes we just assume or speculate the cause of your clunks, rattles, bumps and dripping fluids. We’ll thoroughly examine your suspension system to find exactly what’s wrong. Key elements Guaranteed Brakes examines include:
Suspension work completed at Guaranteed Brakes has lifetime warranty–parts & labor!
In automotive suspension, the control arm is what holds it all together as a hinged suspension link between the chassis and the hub that carries the wheel. Most control arms have a rubber bushing or ball joint that allows the bar to rotate up and down without binding up. The most common reason control arms go bad and need to be replaced are because the bushing or the ball joint become worn out. The ball joint is a critical part serving as the pivot between the wheels and the suspension of the vehicle.