Suspension system

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Updated: 3/28/2003 12:53 pm Published: 3/28/2003 12:53 pm

Your car's suspension system works to give you a smooth ride even on rough roads. Plus, a suspension system should keep the tires in proper contact with the road. Today's systems accomplish this by providing a flexible connection between the wheels and car body. The front suspension uses springs, shock absorbers and connecting linkage. The spring absorbs the energy of any road irregularity and the shock absorber is there to control the spring's movement. Since the front wheels also steer the car, they are independently suspended, allowing one to respond as needed without affecting the other. With the rear wheels, the suspension is more simple. While some newer cars offer rear independent suspension, most still use a rigid axle connecting the two wheels. But, just as on the front wheels, the springs and shock absorbers handle the bumps and potholes.

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