Taking Care of Your Car's Suspension

By Naylor's Auto Repair on Wed, 01/27/2021 - 09:36

One of the things about your vehicle that is easy to forget about when it comes to service and maintenance is the suspension. Because it has a longer life span and is out of sight, it is often out of mind for most vehicle owners. That is until it fails and your vehicle is left needing a tow and significant service to this area. In order to keep your suspension operating at high performance and catch any potential damage, it is important to have proactive maintenance to this area of your vehicle with a team of mechanics and industry professionals. 

Suspension Inspection On Your Vehicle

When you bring your vehicle in to the shop and have it serviced, one of the certified technicians working on your vehicle can provide an inspection on any area of the car at your request. If you request to have your suspension inspected, they will test out the suspension system and inspect each component for leaks and damages. 

Maintaining Tires On Your Vehicle

One of the best ways to protect the suspension on your vehicle is to protect your tire set. Keeping your tires rotated regularly allows the wear on each tire to break down evenly, maintaining a steady pace for your suspension. When you have one or more bad tires pulling in different directions on your car, your suspension will suffer. 

Replacing Struts and Shocks

Over time, the struts and shocks in your suspension system will wear down and need to be replaced. When you start to notice that you can feel everything uneven in the road and bumps that you did not notice before, it means that the shocks in your vehicle will need to be replaced soon. By continuing to drive your vehicle with worn-out shocks and struts, you increase further damage to the suspension system, requiring a replacement much sooner than necessary. 

When Should I Have These Services Done?

Services like tire rotation and balancing should be done regularly. Most vehicle owners have their tires rotated when they have their oil changed to keep the tires moving around the vehicle and maintaining equal wear. Your struts and shocks should be inspected regularly, at least once every two years to see if they are wearing down and in need of a replacement. It is a good practice to have the suspension inspection performed on your vehicle annually. While you may not need any proactive maintenance for a while, it is good to have a technician go over the suspension system and give it a once over for unexpected issues. 

Why Are These Services Important?

It is important for your personal safety, any passengers you may carry and others you may encounter on the highway to have a safe ride while traveling. Should your suspension go out while you are driving, you could be left right in your tracks or stuck on the shoulder of a high-traffic area! You can also save yourself a lot of money down the road when you have proactive maintenance services performed regularly, prolonging the life expectancy of your suspension system. 

Are You In Need Of Suspension SErvices?

If you live in or around Boise ID, you should bring your vehicle by Naylor's Auto Repair. Our team of industry professionals will help you with the maintenance services you need and keep your suspension performing to your expectations. You can contact us today by giving us a call at (208) 343-0732.