Every vehicle has a suspension system. Without this system, you could hit a bump while driving at high speeds and become airborne, which would force you to lose control and risk a serious accident. Your suspension system is made up of:
These springs absorb the impact when your tires hit bumps, roll over uneven surfaces and rough terrain. When you move over speed bumps or hit shallow potholes, it’s the coil springs that absorb most of the impact.
Other names for the shock absorbers are “shocks” or “dampers.” These parts are connected to the coil springs and work to absorb the impact that surpasses the springs. The shock absorbers work when you hit severe bumps or fall into deep potholes.
This u-shaped steel bar connects to your front wheels and is also called a stabilizer bar. When you make a turn in your car, the weight distributes to one side and sways. The sway bar controls your wheel’s suspension so the weight is distributed in such a way that your car is as flat as possible during turns and your tires don’t leave the ground. This increases your car’s stability.
There are also joints, bearings and other parts that work together to allow your suspension system to move and work properly. Combined, these components keep your tires firmly on the ground at all times.