Introduction to Suspension

By: Gilbert Jaime

A key system to the automobile, other than a stereo system, would be the suspension. The suspension is often times an overlooked part of the automobile.  Without the suspension, cars would be very difficult to control at high speeds. You may be asking yourself what the suspension system does. Well for starters, the suspension system maximizes the friction between the tires and the road surface. This provides stability in the steering column, allowing the driver to have a smoother ride.

Since no road is perfectly equal, it can cause the tires or even a single tire to lose contact with a surface of the road. That’s when the suspension comes into play. If the tires were to lose contact with the surface due to a bump or pothole, the tire may to jump upward.  The suspension will absorb the upward force of the wheel when the axle returns to its original position. This will prevent the body of the car from slamming down violently, causing severe damage to the vehicle or even losing control of the wheel.

The suspension system is part of the chassis, which supports other systems of the automobile. The aided systems would be tires/wheels, steering system and the chassis. Grip and friction aids the tires and the wheels by giving a smooth, comfortable and controllable ride. We are only able to steer our vehicles with ease because of the suspension system. The suspension aids the chassis by distributing the weight of the engine and body equally throughout the 4 wheels.

The suspension system is a key component for a good functioning car, but not all cars have the same suspension system. Since all cars serve different purposes, different owners have different performance goals for their automobiles.

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