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Rear Suspension Systems

Like the front suspension, the rear suspension is crucial to your vehicle’s handling, performance, and safety. The primary components of a rear suspension system include springs, shocks, control arms, bushings, and linkages. Daily driving and rough roads can lead to these systems wearing out or getting damaged, which is why they should be inspected regularly.

Quality rear suspension systems in Bartow & Lake Wales, FLTypes of Rear Suspension Systems

There are several types of rear suspension systems, including solid axle, independent suspension, and multi-link setups. Solid axle systems are simpler and more robust, often found in trucks and off-road vehicles. Independent suspension systems, commonly used in passenger cars, allow each wheel to move independently, providing better ride comfort and handling. Multi-link suspension systems are more complex and provide superior handling and ride quality, often in high-performance and luxury vehicles.

Damage and Wear Causes and Effects

As mentioned, suspension components can wear out due to driving habits, road conditions, and age. Common issues include worn-out bushings, leaking shock absorbers, broken springs, and bent control arms.

Worn Out Bushings

Bushings are rubber or polyurethane components that cushion the suspension and reduce vibrations. When they wear out, you might experience a harsh ride and hear clunking noises from the rear of the vehicle. Worn bushings can also affect alignment, leading to uneven tire wear.

Leaking Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers dampen the oscillation of the springs. When they leak, their ability to absorb shocks is compromised, leading to a bouncy ride and reduced control. This can be dangerous during high-speed driving or sudden maneuvers.

Broken Springs

Springs support the weight of the vehicle and absorb road shocks. A broken spring can lead to one side of the vehicle sagging, affecting handling and stability.

Bent Control Arms

Control arms connect the wheel hub to the vehicle frame, allowing for more controlled wheel movement. Bent control arms can cause misalignment, poor handling, and increased tire wear.

Replacement control arms in Winter Haven & Haines City, FL

Impact on Safety and Performance

The condition of the suspension system directly affects vehicle performance and safety. A well-maintained system ensures the tires remain in contact with the road, providing optimal traction and handling. Conversely, a damaged or worn suspension system leads to poor handling and possibly higher risks of accidents.

RAW Auto Parts is a trusted used parts dealer and salvage yard in Auburndale, FL. If you need to replace the rear suspension or drive system, we can help. We have complete systems ready to go or individual parts. Our part list includes LR Knee, RR Knee, LR Strut, RR Strut, LR Lower Control Arm, RR Lower Control Arm, Complete Rear Suspension, Engine Crossmember, Rear Coil Spring, R Leaf Spring, Hub, R Rear Spindle, L Rear Spindle, RR Upper Control Arms, LR Upper Control Arms, Stabilizer Bar, Air Ride Compressor, Rear Torsion Bar, Misc Rr Susp / Drivetrain, Rear Trailing Arm, Frame Rails.

Visit us at 805 Old Winter Haven Rd, Auburndale, FL, or call (863) 875-7518¡Se habla español!