Precision engineering, luxury and exceptional performance all make owning a European car fun. However, to maintain the fun factor, including ride quality and performance, it requires regular maintenance, including regular suspension checks. The suspension system is pivotal in handling, tire contact and ride comfort. Quality Import Services in Elkhart, IN provides suspension maintenance to keep your vehicle’s ride quality and handling as it was when it came off the showroom floor.
European Vehicle Performance
Euro cars are known for having the best driving experience and engineering excellence. The suspension system directly affects how your vehicle absorbs shocks, handles, and maintains tire contact with the road.
Handling and Control
The suspension systems on European cars are finely tuned to provide superior handling and control, including minimal body roll and stability in corners. Regularly checking the suspension system can help find issues before they become major problems and helps maintain the handling and control you are used to.
Ride Quality and Comfort
If you don’t keep up with suspension repair, that comfortable ride you expect from your European car can become a harsh, bumpy ride. The bumpiness can even compromise the vehicle’s interior if it starts shaking components loose.
Traction and Tire Contact
Part of European car care is ensuring you maintain the suspension system for safety and comfort. To ensure the tires maintain consistent contact with the road, reduce tire wear and improve braking, always keep up with suspension maintenance. Bushings and other parts are wear-and-tear items that will wear out over time. Regular suspension checks find these problems before they can damage other suspension and steering components.
Regularly checking the suspension can increase the longevity of your vehicle and tires, as you are able to repair parts before they get too worn or break. Regular suspension checks help save the tires, steering components and brakes.
Signs of Suspension Issues
Recognizing the signs of suspension issues can help prevent more damage and will help maintain your Euro car’s ride quality and performance. Common signs of suspension issues include:
- A bumpy ride could mean the shocks, struts or springs are worn.
- Creaking, clunking and squeaking noises when driving over uneven terrain or going over speed bumps may mean control arms and bushings are worn.
- Poor handling may mean the track bar bushings or control arm bushings are worn.
- Difficulty steering may mean you have alignment issues, worn or broken tie rods, and other worn suspension parts.
- Extra body roll in turns may be caused by worn springs or worn sway bar bushings.
- A feeling of instability.
- Uneven tire wear.
- When the vehicle sits lopsided, the shocks, struts or springs may be worn.
The benefits of regular suspension checks are many, including enhanced safety since the vehicle will respond more effectively in emergency situations and will handle more predictably. They also allow the vehicle to maintain ride comfort, traction and exceptional handling. Regular suspension checks also improve comfort for all passengers and extend the lifespan of the vehicle.
Regular suspension checks reduce repair costs. When you repair components as they start to wear, they don’t have enough time to cause damage to other components, thus reducing repair costs.
Finally, regular suspension checks also preserve the resale value, as no one wants to buy a used vehicle that hasn’t been cared for. People buying used vehicles usually want something that is going to last for several years.