You’ve changed your tyres, fixed up those brakes but what else can you do to improve the safety and handling of your car? This week Suzanne Keane looks at shocks and springs
Your suspension is responsible for handling abilities and driving pleasure while making sure you have a comfortable journey. The most common types of suspension consists of shock absorbers (dampers), springs and linkages.
But why do you need to replace them?
Studies have shown that a car with worn suspension will take longer to stop on a rough road surface and increased sway due to worn suspension can increase the risk of skidding…. and if that isn’t enough to convince you, worn suspension can quickly turn your new tyres into slicks!
Different types of cars come with different levels of suspension – A car that’s comfortable for long motorway journeys may be rocky and bouncy on a back road whereas a sportier suspension can make even the smoothest of roads uncomfortable.
Shocks and springs can last anything from 30,000 to 70,000 km, depending on the car and the type of roads you’re driving on. However if you’re interested in improving the handling and performance of your car you can upgrade to stiffer springs with gas shocks (there are further options such as coilovers, polybushes and air suspension available as aftermarket kits).
If you think it’s time to replace or upgrade your suspension remember it has to be done in pairs (both front or both rear wheels) and you will need to get the wheel alignment (tracking) looked at afterwards!
24th June 2013