The suspension system is the link between the body of the vehicle and the tire & brake system. It consists of control arms, stabilizer links, ball joints, shocks and springs. If your car or truck feels like it is riding a little rough or loose, stop into our location at 1924 S Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19148 or give us a call to have your vehicle’s suspension inspected and or repaired.

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Control Arms
Coming off the framing of vehicles are arms that are called control arms. Usually, they look like an “A” and there are typically two an upper and a lower. The inner part of the arm has a bushing to help keep noise and vibrations down. The outer part or towards the tire has a joint that can move when the tires are turned left and right. Those joints are called ball joints because they have concaved hole and a ball sits in that joint. That is what will bolt to the hub assembly.

Ball Joints
The bushing and ball joints wear out from the constant bouncing and moving when driving down the road. The joints start to loosen up and begin to have movement in them. That can cause the tire to come loose.

Tie Rods
The tie rods are routed from the idea of a ball joint. They are the part that pushes the tires left or right depending on which way you turn the wheel. Tie rods will start to wear and loosen up in the joint part. When that happens, the tire can come loose.

Shocks & Struts
The shocks are what give you a smooth ride. They absorb the bumps and potholes in the roads. The springs are what keeps the car at a certain level or ride height. If you only had spring the car would bounce all over the road. These wear out usually by the seals inside the shock absorbers, then rip or dry rot and leak the gas or oil fluid out. Shocks last about 50-75k miles.

Stabilizer link
There is a system that links one side of the suspension to the other. This helps when you are driving at a higher rate of speed (highway driving). They loosen up the same way the other joints do. The difference is that the tire will not come loose if it fails. Your control at the higher rate of speeds will be compromised and if you need to turn the wheel hard at that high rate of speed you could spin and or lose control.

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