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What is a car suspension?
Your car’s suspension ultimately connects the vehicle’s main body to its wheels, allowing you to drive with control and stability on the roads. The suspension system includes the following:
All suspension parts work to keep the wheels in contact with the road as the car moves.
The suspension provides safety to the driver and passengers and stops the car’s frame from taking any impact from bumps in the road or uneven surfaces.
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How much does it cost to fix suspensions?
The average cost of a suspension replacement or repair booked is £153.91 on WhoCanFixMyCar.
The exact cost will depend on where you take it, the car make and model, plus the labour times and parts needed. The table below gives you a general idea of the costs for common car makes.
The average cost of a suspension repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £153.91
A car's suspension system is complex and made up of many different springs and shock absorbers, so it's not always obvious when there's a problem. Difficulty steering is a sign of an issue with the suspension system. The repair involves a replacement of parts.Can include
- Check and diagnosis
- Replacement of system parts
The average cost of a shock absorber replacement booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £204.75. Shock absorbers are an essential part of your car's suspension system and may need replacing if your vehicle bounces or makes a noise when going over bumps.Can include
- Shock absorber replacement
The average cost of a car diagnostic test booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £53.99.
A car diagnostic test is a digital analysis of your car, undertaken by a specialist mechanic, to assess potential faults and issues with your car engine, transmission, brakes and many more.Can include
- Diagnostic test
Common symptoms of suspension problems in your car
Because your car’s steering system is connected to its suspension system, a fault with one might easily affect the other.
Although it can be challenging to diagnose the exact cause of suspension and steering problems without professional help, it’s very easy to notice the warning signs of a fault. Your steering is essential for the safety of your vehicle, so if you notice any of the following symptoms, book in for a steering or suspension repair as soon as possible.
Pulling to one side
If your vehicle tends to pull to one sign when you drive, and you often find yourself needing to correct it whilst steering, it’s a clear sign there’s something wrong with the system. Pulling to the right or left is the most obvious sign of a suspension fault.
Feeling the impact of every bump
If you can feel the impact of every single bump you go over while driving, it means your suspension system is worn. It’s essential to get the right repairs to avoid causing further damage to your car body.
A low corner
If one corner of your car is sitting lower than the others, you will notice it simply by looking at it when the vehicle is stationary. A lower corner is a clear sign of a suspension fault and is an indication you need a trip to the garage.
Car dipping at the front
Car dipping describes the front part of your vehicle sitting low and often hitting the ground when you go over bumps or when you brake. It’s a clear sign there’s an issue with your suspension and the connection between the front and rear wheels, which must be looked at urgently.
Any of the above symptoms indicate that you need to have a suspension specialist to inspect the suspension to diagnose the issue.
Suspension system problems
There are many components included in the suspension system, all of which can become worn or faulty. To get the right repair, a professional will need to diagnose the exact problem with your suspension. There are a few common issues that could be likely culprits.
Worn shock absorbers
Bent axle components
Worn coil springs
Which suspension repair service do you need?
Here are some common services that come under suspension servicing that can be booked from our network of garages:
Several components make up the car’s suspension system, so only a trained mechanic is the best professional to diagnose and repair the faults. If you find yourself battling with the steering wheel to gain full control, it is imperative that you book in with a nearby garage for a suspension repair.
Shock absorbers help keep your tyres in contact with the ground, guaranteeing safety and efficient braking. If you notice an increased impact going over bumps or often feel vibrations in your car while driving, you might need a shock absorber replacement.
Coil springs are needed to support the weight of your car on the road and avoid any damage when going over bumps. You can buy coil springs and have a professional fit them at a local garage.
Power steering fluid helps with smooth and safe steering. After a while, the fluid can become contaminated or start to leak. A leak will need to be repaired and dirty fluid replaced to keep your car’s power steering working correctly.
A car’s axle and its joints are essential for distributing power between the front and rear wheels. If parts of the axle are worn, loose, or bent, you’ll soon notice it as your car will start to shudder and vibrate the faster you go.
A steering rack is an integral part of your car’s suspension system that helps convert the rotation movement of the steering wheel into linear movement for the car wheels. If you’re struggling to steer properly, you may need a steering rack repair.
Wheel alignment is needed for stability and to ensure the four wheels of your car are tracking straight. If your vehicle veers to the left or right whilst driving or your tyre treads are wearing unevenly, your car may need a wheel alignment.
Is a suspension repair necessary?
The short answer is yes - you should not drive a car with broken suspension and must absolutely get it repaired. Irrespective of whether it's a broken coil spring or a broken shock absorber, you must not drive a vehicle which has any element of the suspension that is damaged. Generally, shocks and struts wear out every 50,000-100,000 miles. If you frequently drive your car on rough roads, they will wear out faster than this.
Why is my steering making noises?
A crunching noise when steering is usually due to an issue with the CV joints in the suspension system. CV joints stand for constant velocity joints and are a part of your car’s axle, which helps distribute the car’s weight and power. CV joints transmit drive at various angles from the engine to the wheels via the gearbox.
What is power steering?
Power steering uses pumps and fluid to help you steer with little effort when turning the wheel from left to right. All modern cars are now fitted with power steering to make steering much easier.
Why is my steering wheel shaking?
A shaking steering wheel is usually caused by one of the many components in your suspension system. It needs to be looked at by a professional to figure out exactly where the fault is.
Can you drive a car with a broken suspension?
Driving with a faulty suspension system is dangerous for the driver and passengers and can cause more extensive damage to your car. If you think there’s a problem with your suspension, it must be looked at as soon as possible.
How to check suspension on a used car?
The easiest way to check the suspension on a used car is to drive it and look out for any issues with steering, unwanted vibrations, or bouncing. However, another easy test of car suspension involves pushing down on the car’s bonnet and seeing how hard it bounces back up.
Are suspensions covered by warranty?
Your car warranty usually covers suspension repairs, but it’s essential to check the details of your paperwork to make sure.
Can I claim for pothole damage?
If your car has been damaged because of a hole in the road, you may be able to claim on your insurance. It might also be necessary to write to the council with the details of the hole and the damage it caused to claim back any money you need to pay for repairs.
What cars have air suspensions?
Air suspension is often found in luxury cars and involves compressing air into flexible pumps for a more efficient suspension system. Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, Porsche, LandRover, and Audi are examples of manufacturers that make cars with air suspensions.
How much does a new car suspension cost?
The cost of a new car suspension depends on the type of car you have and the extent of the work that needs to be done. The average price of a suspension replacement or repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £153.91.