Rumor has it, that with a home, one most important feature is location, location, location. With a car, however, it's comfort, comfort, comfort! If you’ve landed on this page, you’re likely experiencing an unusually bumpy ride. If the suspension system on your car, truck, or SUV is failing to deliver a smooth ride and sound braking, you’ll want to bring it in to Mecklenburg Automotive & Collision Center located at
History of the Suspension System
Riding along in a horse and carriage would have been quite the bumpy ride. Believe it or not though, even carriages had leaf springs that inspired modern day suspension systems. In 1904, Alanson and William Brush came up with the idea of front coil springs to assist with better handling. Although their invention didn’t take off initially, General Motors reintroduced the idea in 1934. Nowadays vehicles have either leaf springs or coil springs depending on the weight of the car. Advances in the suspension system have improved even further since then with the introduction of shock and struts. Shocks, or shock absorbers, allow the wheels to absorb bumps and dips and then recover. They also play a role in making sure the wheels stay in contact with the road. Struts are connected to the vehicle’s frame, or chassis, and support the weight of the vehicle. They’re main purpose is to allow the car to adjust to the bumps and dips. Properly aligned wheels and a flawless suspension system go hand in hand, so it’s important they remain in good working condition to ensure safety and comfort.
Signs of a Suspension System in Need of Repair
When the components of your car, truck, or SUV’s suspension system become worn you may experience one or more of the following:
- The front end of your car darting forward when you brake.
- A little too much leaning to one side when going around a turn.
- Uneven wear on the tires.
- The tires bouncing around.
- The steering wheel jiggling in your hands.
- An overall bumpy and uncomfortable ride, even on super smooth roads.
If you happen to experience any of the above incidences, call our one-stop repair shop for the best suspension maintenance and service around. Mecklenburg Automotive & Collision Center in Charlotte North Carolina is recognized and supported by the Better Business Bureau and IGO (Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina). Our ASE certified technicians are kept up to date on the latest advances in the automotive industry so we can better serve our customers. Schedule with us today!