Layton Suspension, Steering and Alignment
Your vehicle’s suspension, typically based around either struts or shock absorbers, allows you to successfully (and easily) steer your vehicle. It also helps your vehicle hold or “grip” the road. Finally, the suspension system ensures your comfort and that of your passengers, absorbing bumps and minimizing road noise. Closely related to your car’s suspension are its steering column and wheel alignment. Each component functions based on the efficacy of the other elements. At best, neglecting the suspension system can lead to a darned uncomfortable ride. At worst, your car becomes unsafe to drive. Worn or broken steering components can quickly have detrimental effects on other critical components, causing extensive damage and expensive repairs. Shadetree Automotive is your trusted source for suspension repairs in Layton, Utah.
Suspension System Components in Layton, Ut
Shock absorbers and struts form the basis of your vehicle’s suspension system. Shock absorbers are hydraulic pistons that absorb and dissipate road impact and vibration, keeping your car from bouncing. Shocks work in conjunction with other components, such as coils, leaf springs or torsion bars. Struts are more rugged, essentially combining a shock absorber and spring in one unit. Your vehicle may have one or the other or both, depending on its configuration. Other important parts of your suspension system include ball joints, wheel bearings and bushings.
Layton Suspension Warning Signs
The first problems you may notice are excessive rocking, dipping or swaying as you encounter dips or bumps in the road or as you navigate corners. Whereas your car once felt sporty, gripping the road like Mario Andretti’s, it may suddenly seem to have a mind of its own, floating aimlessly around the roadway, hydroplaning or stubbornly resisting your steering input. It may shimmer and shake and not in a good way. When you apply the brakes, you may notice the vehicle’s front end going nose-first toward the pavement. Damaged shocks or struts may be obvious dents visible on inspection or may leak fluid. A common indication of suspension problems can be an unusual tire wear pattern known as cupping. You will recognize cupping by its trademark scalloped dips at the edge of the tire’s tread. Cupping can develop on the either edge of the tire, so you may have to search a bit harder to notice this condition along the inside edge.
Suspension, Steering, and Alignment Service and Repair Layton
As with most automotive components, we recommend maintaining your suspension system with regular wheel alignments and inspections. Not only will this extend the life of your tires, it will also improve gas mileage. Most manufacturers recommend replacing shocks and struts around 50,000 miles, but this can vary based on your driving patterns. Suspension system components don’t always show visual signs of wear, so it’s important to let Shadetree Automotive inspect your steering and suspension system regularly.