Air Suspension: This technology is commonly found in high-end, luxury models. It is preferred for its ability to provide an ultimate ride experience by capturing vibration and shock taken up by the tires. Some manufacturers market their air suspension as being similar to riding on a magic carpet.
Spring Suspension: More commonly found in cars today, spring suspension uses a flexible metal buffer to dissipate vibration energy from the vehicle tires
Adaptable Suspension: Modern cars come with adaptable suspension. Known as driving modes, this feature allows drivers to customize their vehicles suspension response to suit their driving style and conditions. Most cars come with at least three options: normal, comfy and sport. The normal mode is designed for everyday driving conditions. Comfy biases the suspension to provide the most comfortable ride with maximum absorption of bumps and potholes. Sports mode unleashes the cars maximum performance, tuning the suspension to a more aggressive, nimble response.
Performing Suspension Maintenance:
At the base of the suspension system is the tire. Tire maintenance is important for the proper working of the suspension as the systems ability to provide a smooth ride is compromised if tire pressure is uneven. Consistently monitoring tire pressure ensures a safer ride and enables the suspension to perform in top shape. Some tires may appear to be inflated but are actually lower than their recommended pressure. It is, therefore, important to use a tire gauge to check the pressure and not visual feedback.
Rotating the tires every 10,000 miles also helps preserve them for longer. This is because, after a while, the tires wear out according to their location on the chassis. This is checked by looking at the tire tread depth. If too shallow, the tires will need to be replaced. Periodic wheel alignment is also recommended for a healthy suspension. It is recommended that you have your wheels aligned every two years or 30,000 miles.
The steering system is also critical to the suspension system. The steering does not need much maintenance beyond a top-up of power steering fluid which can be checked at every oil change. Other suspension components such as bushings, bearings, and joints experience ordinary wear and tear and should be checked while the car is being serviced, after every 15,000miles or so.
Suspension & Steering Inspection
Steering System Flush (Recommended every 50,000 miles)
Tire Alignment (If Needed)
Shocks & Struts Replacement (If Needed)
Additional Free Services:
1. Multipoint Visual Inspection
2. Interior and Exterior Lamp Inspection
3. Road Test
4. Hand Car Wash & Vacuum
Apex Imports has an industry-leading team of mechanics that can make accurate suspension diagnoses as well as perform quick and cost-effective suspension services. Get in touch with us to learn more.