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Why is suspension so vital?

A car's suspension is designed to provide a smooth, comfortable ride even when you're on rough or bumpy road surfaces.

The suspension's most important job is to keep all four tyres in firm contact with the road, so that steering, driving and braking systems are effective.

There are many parts working together to ensure your car's suspension is doing its job. Shock absorbers (or struts) and springs are the main parts, however it's important that other parts, including ball joints, tie rod ends and suspension bushes are in good condition.

If any of these parts are worn your suspension system becomes ineffective. For example, just one worn shock absorber means you may need up to 2.6 metres longer to stop. That could be the difference between stopping safely or crashing.

Here are some of the things that can happen when your shock absorbers or struts are worn.

  • Car leaps forward or dips when braking
  • Tyres may indicate unusual tread wear
  • Leaking fluid from shock absorbers
  • Car is difficult to handle around corners

If you are experiencing any of these issues then please contact us at one of our Crane Bank Garages branches and we will be happy to assist.

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