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Basic maintenance for your car’s suspension

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All vehicles have a suspension system which is responsible for connecting the car’s chassis with the tires, its function is to give the driver greater control and safety over the vehicle, improving its stability by providing better grip and steering response.

Currently there are different suspension systems in cars. They all have the same purpose, of which the most important is to absorb irregularities in the terrain such as potholes, holes or dirt, providing greater comfort to the vehicle’s occupants.

Definitely, the suspension of the car is a very important system and that is why we must always keep it in good condition.

Basic suspension maintenance

Suspension system maintenance should generally be left to the professionals, however there are a few things you can do at home to help maintain your suspension.

1.- Tire pressure

Since the tires are the only part of the suspension system that touches the ground, it is important to keep them inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI level. You can usually find this level on a decal on the driver’s side door post.

Fill any low tires to the specified PSI level and if a tire is over-inflated, wait until it cools down for at least 3 hours to confirm. Then deflate any overinflated tires to the specified PSI level.

2.- Check the depth of the tire tread

Healthy tires also mean having good tread depth. Start by checking for low or bare spots in the tread.

Tread depth must be more than 2/32 inch; a quick penny test can help you roughly measure the tread depth of your tires.

On the other hand, uneven wear can indicate a problem with the suspension system, but it can also indicate that your vehicle needs a wheel alignment.

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