Suspension Service

We all know the expression "where the rubber meets the road." However, there are many parts helping your engine and tires do their respective jobs, and your vehicle's suspension system is truly an unsung hero in this respect. For that reason, let's look at the anatomy of car suspension, and when you should get Chevrolet service here at Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen


Components of a Car's Suspension System

The suspension system of a Chevy Silverado 1500 is going to be built much differently than that of a Chevrolet Corvette. For all their differences, however, they share a number of the same components. If you have questions about any of these Chevy parts, just ask and we'll explain what they're doing in more depth. 

  • Springs (typically coil, leaf, or torsion bar springs)
  • Shock absorbers and dampers that limit spring motion and "bounce"
  • Struts that support the weight of the vehicle and its contents
  • Anti-sway or roll bars that limit lateral movement, especially when turning
  • Rods and links that connect different suspension components
  • Joints, bushings, and bearings that give the suspension system necessary freedom of movement

What Does the Suspension Do?

The next question is, "What are all those components actually doing?" Quite a bit, and each new Chevy model places demands on its suspension in different ways.

  • Improved handling
  • Load leveling
  • Reducing highway noise
  • Controlling roll and bounce
  • Ensuring traction and accurate steering
  • Preserving your brakes and tires
  • Maintaining your wheel alignment

Signs of Suspension Trouble

Shocks and struts need replacement every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. In the meantime, watch out for the following signs of suspension trouble. 

  • Your vehicle sags to the rear, or to one side
  • It nosedives when you brake
  • You drift when you're cornering
  • You notice significant or sustained bouncing when you hit a bump or pothole
  • You should also have your suspension checked ASAP if you're in even a minor fender-bender

Maintaining Your Car's Suspension System

There are a few steps to ensure proper suspension function.

  • Have the suspension inspected when you visit your Harlingen Chevy dealership for service
  • Load your vehicle evenly
  • Don't overload your vehicle or exceed its tow rating
  • Maintain proper tire pressure
  • Get wheel alignment and tire replacements on schedule
  • Maintain your steering system, too
  • If you notice any of the trouble signs listed earlier, don't ignore them; visit us right away

Chevrolet Maintenance in Chesapeake, VA

Your suspension is only one of many parts and systems that needs TLC every now and then. From oil changes to batteries and beyond, Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen has you covered, right down to our Chevrolet service specials. Visit us for all your car maintenance and repair needs! 

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