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    Without suspension in a vehicle the occupants would feel every bump in the road making for a very uncomfortable ride in addition to which the road handling and braking of the vehicle would be badly affected. Vehicle suspension consists of a system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages connecting the vehicle to the wheels.

    At R and T Autocentre we supply and fit high quality parts for all your suspension needs.

    Suspension Overview

    Shock absorber regulates the movement of the spring

    Objective: To keep the tyre in contact with the road by pushing it down

    • 85% of all vehicles which go to the scrap yard still have their original shocks
    • Shocks & springs are only replaced when they have failed
    • Shock absorbers are a safety critical component and should be treated as a maintenance item

    Shocks Absorbers and Suspension

    How do shocks wear?

    Wear is gradual

    • Oil passes through the valves with every movement of the car
    • 1,000 times per mile for 1st valve
    • After 75,000 miles, that’s 75,000,000 times!
    • Valves loosen up, allowing oil to pass through piston faster
    • Symptoms are harshness, bouncing

    Worn Shock Effects

    How do shocks work?

    Shocks Diagram

    Visit the experts at R and T Autocentre to be assured of comprehensive advice on your vehicle’s suspension

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