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Rock Sam

Rock Sam 4/26/2019

2016 BMW 535i Luxury 6 Cyl 3.00L

Steering & Suspension

How do I improve the life of my car's suspension?

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Partsavatar Canada

Partsavatar Canada 4/26/2019

Suspension systems are the unsung heroes of your car. They work behind the scenes to make sure that the car stays in control, does not bounce out of the way and give you a comfortable ride. We bring you everything that you should know the conventional suspensions.

There are three major components that need to be kept in good condition or replaced from time to time so that your suspension can keep working effectively.

1. Shock absorbers:

The shocks are in place to reduce the oscillation of the springs when they go over a bump. They need to be kept in good condition so that your springs do not get damaged but they are also less durable than the springs. You can test the condition of the shocks by pushing on a corner of your car and seeing how many times it bounces. If it bounces more than twice then this could suggest your shocks are worn. Shocks are designed using fluid and internal passages to help to control the movement of your car's wheels and to dampen the springs.

2. Strut mounts:

Your struts provide structural support for your car's vehicle suspension, essentially combining the spring and shock into one unit. Like the shocks, they help support and stabilize the frame and body of your vehicle. If a strut fails, it can considerably affect the function of your suspension.

3. Spring coils:

Your coil springs are a vital part for absorbing any bumps or potholes in the road without jarring the car's driver and passengers too much although sometimes a bump is too great for this to be avoidable of course. There is a spring for each of the wheels of your car and, if yours are properly sized, then they are designed to last for the lifetime of your car. However, sometimes they will wear out and need to be replaced. Sometimes, they can be affected by weakened shocks or struts as well as problems like rust.

How to make them last longer?

1. be slow on the bumpy roads. The slower you go, the more time you give to the suspensions to get adjusted to the road. Slowing on bad surfaces is a must if you want a longer life of the coils and springs.

2. Unaligned wheels can put bad force on the suspensions. The wheel is directly connected to the suspensions and unaligned wheels put negative force on them making them wear more quickly.

3. Ensure tires are in top condition. The tires are the primary contact between the road and vehicle and take maximum abuse. Bald tires or wrongly inflated tires put pressure on the suspensions and lower their life.

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