Suspension Systems

"Smart" suspensions

Today, more and more passenger cars are utilizing an active suspension system, or a "smart" suspension.

Basics of Suspension

To begin this training program, you need to know some basic information.

Comfort and Safety

The suspension system allows the vehicle body to ride relatively undisturbed while travelling over rough roads.

Front Suspensions

There are two major types of conventional front suspensions. They are dependent and independent.

History of Shock Absorbers

Early vehicle manufacturers began finding solutions to the problems of steering and passenger comfort.

Main Components

At this point it's easy to understand that the main components of a moving vehicle's suspension system are the struts, shock absorbers, springs, and tyres.

Rear Suspensions

Just as we discussed with front suspensions, there are two types or rear suspensions: dependent and independent.

Spring Design

Before discussing spring design, it is important to understand sprung and unsprung weight.

Steering Systems

The typical steering system used on passenger cars and light trucks is called a parallelogram system because all the pivot points are paralleled.