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Suspension                                     Bellingham / Ferndale Wa./ Whatcom County





 If your car is pulling to one side, hard to keep straight or you are experiencing unusual tire wear.  Then you should bring you car to Complete Auto Repair Service (CARS) for a check up.

 Suspension is the term given to the system of sprins, shock absorbers and linkages  that connects a vehicle to its wheels. Suspension systems serve a dual purpose ? contributing to the car's roadholding / handling and braking  for good active safety and driving pleasure, and keeping vehicle occupants comfortable and reasonably well isolated from road noise, bumps, and vibrations, etc.. When that Bump Jarred Your Teeth, what did it do to Your Car?The life expectancy of steering and suspension components such as ball joints, tie rod ends and idler arms is shortened more by travel over rough roads than by long distance driving.
Shocks and Struts, more than just a Comfortable Ride!Shock absorbers and struts do more than just provide a comfortable ride. Their most important function is to influence the control and handling characteristics of your vehicle. 
Why do I Need the Shocks and Struts Replaced? I'm sure you've probably heard this before. "Your shocks and/or struts are blown and need replacing." Some astronomical price is quoted and you immediately ask yourself, "How important are these things -- do I really need to replace them?" These are good questions that deserve attention.

The shock absorbers in your car aid in ride control by keeping the car manageable during regular driving. They do this by keeping the tires down on the road and not allowing them to bounce after hitting a bump. This allows for ease of cornering and handling.

The symptoms:

  • Vehicle rolls or sways on turns
  • Front end dives when braking
  • Rear end squats when accelerating
  • Vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding, rough road
  • Vehicle "bottoms out" (with a thump) on bumps

In addition, worn shocks and/or struts can accelerate the wear of your tires and suspension parts -- the ball joints, steering linkage, springs and C.V. joints.

     (  After writing this news letter I decided to publish it here for info.  also. )

Three fundamental components of any suspension:

  • Coil springs - This is the most common type of spring and is, in essence, a heavy-duty torsion bar coiled around an axis. Coil springs compress and expand to absorb the motion of the wheels.
  • Leaf springs - This type of spring consists of several layers of metal (called "leaves") bound together to act as a single unit. Leaf springs were first used on horse-drawn carriages.  They are still used today on most trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Torsion bars ( also a spring)  - When the wheel hits a bump, vertical motion is transferred to the wishbone and then, through the levering action, to the torsion bar. The torsion bar then twists along its axis to provide the spring force.
  • Air springs - Air use the compressive qualities of air to absorb wheel vibrations.

  • Shock Absorber - controls unwanted spring motion through a process known as dampening. A shock absorber is basically an oil pump placed between the frame of the car and the wheels. When the car wheel encounters a bump in the road and causes the spring to coil and uncoil it will give you a smoother ride.
  •  Struts - provide structural support for the vehicle suspension.  Shocks and struts have a lot to do with the handling of your car.  They can be considered  a critical safety feature. Worn shocks and struts can allow excessive vehicle-weight transfer from side to side and front to back. This reduces the tire's  ability to grip the road, as well as handling and braking performance.  

Anti-sway bars:

  • Sway Bars - give a moving automobile additional stability. Sway bar transfers movement to the other wheel. This creates a more level ride and reduces vehicle sway.

If you think your car is pulling to one side, hard to keep straight or you are experiencing  unusual tire wear. Then you should Stop by and let   C.A.R.S. = Complete Auto Repair Service help you out.

(360) 922-0553
North of Bellingham WA. / South of Ferndale WA.   

 5640 Barrett Rd. Ferndale, WA. 98248  Exit 262


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