Your vehicle’s suspension system works hard to allow your vehicle to travel smoothly over the uneven potholes and road surfaces of Long Beach. The suspension is part of your vehicle’s chassis, and is consists of springs, shock absorbers, struts, linkages, bearings, and ball joints. Over time with the abuse they suffer, suspension components wear, leak, warp, and break, which can put you and other drivers in danger. It is important to replace these parts before they fail, which could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and crash.
Of course, the make, model, and year of your car will affect your repair costs. Luxury and performance vehicles will typically have more expensive suspension components, but large trucks, SUVs, and sedans may also cost more to repair. Also, if you have an old car with rust underneath, it can take more time to access and remove old parts, which can raise the price. It is difficult to estimate an average suspension repair cost because they can range from very simple and inexpensive to complex and costly.
Vehicles’ suspension parts are almost always replaced in pairs – left and right. It is also common for front and rear parts to be updated at the same time. This ensures that your vehicle will maintain balance and stability, and prevent old or worn out parts from placing excessive stress on new parts. If only one side was replaced, it would create imbalance, and shorten the life expectancy of the other side.
After replacing suspension components, your mechanic should also perform a wheel alignment, which may increase the total cost of the repair. Even the smallest misalignment can lead to premature tire and even suspension or steering component wear.
How do you know if your suspension may need repair? Some signs are if your tires are wearing unevenly, your vehicle is sagging to one side, or if there are any unusual noises such as clunking or creaking coming from your chassis. If you suspect that your vehicle is in need of suspension repair, come to Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach & Bellflower today, and our mechanics can check it out.