Suspension Service

The term “suspension service” is shorthand for a lot of different car parts and systems, which in general relate to the way in which a vehicle is supported or controlled as it travels down the road.

Here’s a good compendium of systems and parts that are generally grouped under the term “Suspension”.

  • Ball joints

  • Coil spring live axle rear suspensions

  • Coil springs

  • Independent rear suspension systems with lower control arms and ball joints

  • MacPherson strut front suspension systems

  • Multilink systems: front or rear wheel drive

  • Multiple leaf springs

  • Semi-independent rear suspension systems

  • Shock absorbers

  • Short and long arm suspension systems

  • Stabilizer bars

  • Steering knuckle

  • Strut rods

  • Tie rods

  • Torsion bar suspensions

  • Torsion bars

In their quest to provide a safer motoring experience, many car manufacturers offer active suspension systems (vs. conventional passive spring damper systems). Active systems include such features as anti-lock brakes (ABS), acceleration skid control (ASR) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). These systems are designed to sense vehicular motion and provide steering and braking support to help you out of potentially dangerous situations. They momentarily augment control of steering, braking and acceleration functions when they sense the vehicle is reaching its design limits or control may be lost because the car is being driven too aggressively or road conditions are deteriorating.

Certain systems even allow you to control the softness or firmness of the ride you experience – usually via a center console control accessible to the driver. This allows you to set the car up for a smooth or sporty (firmer suspension) ride depending upon the mood you’re in, the nature of the road you’re on and the presence or absence of gendarmes.

When you factor in vehicle types (basic passenger cars, luxury cars, sports cars, 2 and 4 wheel drive SUV’s and trucks, vans, sports sedans, etc), it’s obvious that when it comes to suspension systems, one size most definitely does not fit all.

Consider too that suspension systems when not performing properly negatively impact your ability to safely steer, control and stop your car. Thus it’s most important that your suspension system be regularly examined by professionals.

If your car is out of warranty, is making strange noises, is regularly driven over rough roads, has forcibly hit a curb or parking lot barrier, or if your tires are wearing unevenly, we suggest a visit to Dallas Auto Sports. A few minutes on one of our lifts will reveal the condition of your suspension system…and you’ll breathe a lot easier.

Auto service and repair for: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Lexus, Jaguar, Porsche, VW, Volvo, Saab, and more. Servicing cars from the Dallas, Plano, Richardson and the DFW Metroplex area.