Auto Repair Phoenix

Suspension

rack_steeringSuspension repair in phoenix AZ doesn’t seem like an important thing to keep your mind on, but it is an integral part of maintaining the safety of your vehicle. Your car suspension is primarily in charge of ensuring the stability and ease of steering your vehicle. And suspension maintenance is part of the process that keeps your vehicle in prime condition for the troubles of the road ahead.

Suspension systems are primary component that makes your driving experience smooth as possible. This is achieved through a series of springs, hydraulic pistons and impact absorbing springs that connect the wheel to the vehicle.

As you can imagine, the suspension system can be put through a lot of stress if the roads aren’t well maintained or if there is an unexpected bump like a pothole or a curb. But, because the roads we drive on are never perfectly flat, the vehicle suspension actually gets a lot of wear just in daily driving. The fact that you don’t feel this is more of a testament to the fantastic design of your vehicle.

There are actually a few kinds of suspension systems available in the modern market, all of which have their specific trade off’s. Here are just a few of the suspension types that are most common today.Steering_Suspension

  • MacPherson Strut – easily the most common suspension type on the road today, however there are some very interesting tradeoffs associated with this extremely popular system. The MacPherson strut is quite simple and has a low manufacturing cost, but does not have the freedom of movement of other systems. Furthermore, this type of suspension tends to transfer noise and vibration into the passenger cabin.
  • Double Wishbone – The double wishbone configuration is one of the more popular suspension systems because of ease of adjustment and excellent quality ride. Though a little more expensive and heavier than other systems, the double wishbone configuration is a fantastic way to get the smooth ride you are looking for.
  • Independent suspension – Independent suspension is by far the most comfortable. Each wheel has its own suspension components which allow it to move independently from the other wheels. This is common in many 4 wheel drive vehicles and can appear in modern luxury cars. Though it costs more to maintain this style of suspension, the easy and smooth ride it offers is well worth the expense to many drivers.

No matter which type of suspension your vehicle uses, our state of the art tools allow us to adjust the suspension for optimum performance in record time. Our technicians are trained to also inspect the vehicle for other signs of degrading parts like uneven tire wear while the adjustment is taking place. This will make you aware of any other potential problems that could arise in the future. We take great care in ensuring that your vehicle leaves our shop operating at factory specifications or better, this way your vehicle will drive as well as the day it left the lot.

If your vehicle is riding a little rough these days, or the road noise in the vehicle is louder than usual, take it in for an inspection and we will get to the root of the problem. At Johnston’s Automotive, we don’t just address the side effects, we dig deep to understand the source of the issue and resolve it. Call us today and speak to our staff about setting up an appointment with our service advisor and we’ll get your car back to its healthy, comfortable state.

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