What is a car's suspension system?
Your vehicle's shocks and struts are structural parts of its suspension system. A car's suspension system is responsible for maximizing the friction between your tires and the road's surface, to provide the most steering stability with good handling and to make sure you and your passengers are comfortable during the drive. If the roads in Falls Church were perfectly flat, there would be no need for suspension in your vehicle. However, all roads, even Fairfax’s highways, have subtle imperfections that come in contact with the wheels of the car and apply force to the wheels. A bump in the road causes your tires to move up and down, perpendicular to the road's surface. Without an intervening system, all of this vertical energy produced by the wheels will transfer to your vehicle's frame, which will move in the same direction. Without your suspension system, even the wheels of your car can bounce off the road and then come back down with gravity. Your suspension is a system that will absorb the energy of the vertically accelerated wheel, allowing the frame and body to ride undisturbed while the wheels follow bumps in the road. Fortunately, we at The Car Doctor are experts in diagnosing and repairing suspension.
What are shocks?
Shocks, also known as shock absorbers, make sure that your vehicle's wheels are always in contact with the ground. This is done by the shocks controlling the rebound and impact movement of your vehicle's springs and suspension. Shocks contain several parts, including pistons, a spring, and hydraulic fluid. When you drive over a bump or pothole, a piston puts pressure on your shock's hydraulic fluid, which slows down the spring as it relaxes back into place.
What are struts?
The struts of a vehicle include the shock absorbers, as well as the coil spring, spring seats, and strut bearing. Struts connect your vehicle's suspension parts together so they can support you as you drive on bumpy terrain or make sharp turns.
How do I know if my shocks and struts need to be replaced?
Like all parts of your vehicle, shocks and struts can wear out over time. You may not notice that your shocks and struts are wearing out because the changes your vehicle will experience are incremental. It is important to get your shocks and struts replaced when needed because it can impact your vehicle's stopping distances, particularly in rainy or snowy weather. Here are some signs to look out for that your shocks and struts need to be replaced as soon as possible:
Your vehicle feels unstable at high speeds - When you are driving on the highway, you may feel that your vehicle is constantly moving up and down.
Your vehicle "tips" on one side - If your vehicle seems to lean on one side when you turn and it feels wobbly, give The Car Doctor a call at 703-560-8870. We serve residents of Vienna, Virginia, McLean, Virginia, Falls Church, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, Annandale, Virginia and beyond.
Your tires bounce excessively - Your tires may bounce for a while after you hit a bump in the road, and you may also hear a clunking noise.
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