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Components of a Vehicle's Suspension

Your suspension system is primarily comprised of three basic components including shocks, springs and struts. Your suspension system protects you and your vehicle from the impacts from the road surfaces, along with controlling the ride of the auto as you drive. Additionally, stabilizer bars help to limit the vehicles "roll" or "lean" when turning.

The only way to be sure of a potential suspension issue is to have your vehicle physically inspected by a qualified suspension technician.

Shocks & Struts
Shocks and struts control spring movement and help keep the tires firmly planted against the road. Manufacturers recommend shock and strut replacement every 50,000 miles, although they may be good for much higher mileage. Some symptoms that replacement may be necessary are tire cupping, excessive bouncing, rattles when on rough roads, the vehicle rolls or sways when cornering, or excessive "diving" during hard braking. It is important to keep your vehicles suspension in tip-top shape for best handling characteristics.

Primarily, springs control the weight of your vehicle to help maintain proper height. Some mistakenly believe that shock replacement will increase the vehicle height. Springs, over time and use, weaken, causing the vehicle to ride harder and be lower to the ground. By replacing the springs, you can restore your vehicle to the original manufacture height, and regain that "Brand New" ride once more.

Steering Components
The steering system comprises of many components that require inspection from time to time. Components include inner and outer tie rods and sleeves, ball joints, rack and pinions, stabilizer pins, A-arms and multiple bushings. Potholes in the road can be your vehicles worst enemy causing damage to your cars steering components. If you happen to drive through large potholes, we recommend that you have the suspension inspected by qualified technicians at a reputable repair facility. Continuing to drive a vehicle that has damage from pot holes, or worn out steering components, puts you at serious risk should a steering failure occur.

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At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop we are happy to provide you with a FREE Suspension Inspection to determine if anything is wrong with your vehicle. If so, we will show you the problem, explain what needs to be done and give you a no obligation estimate. Most importantly, we promise that your bill will match your estimate to the penny.

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