Do you remember blogpost 22 and 88, about tyres and wheels and about the brakes? Today, the shock absorbers, the chassis springs and you – really best allies, once again! Especially the shock absorbers: drastically underestimated. Best tyres, best brakes are useless when your car’s wheels have poor ground contact, or even none.
This complex topic requires usually the advice of a specialist. Therefore, just a few hints, based on the personal experiences of The Castiron over the last decades. One main remark: the shock absorber is an oscillator damper, has to bring calm and stability into the vehicle as far as possible.
The shock absorbers and you – really the very best confederates! Therefore: check them (please have a look at the video) regularly. Leaking means unusable. Should you not be sure, if they are damaged or not, do not hesitate to go for a professional check. Dampers decrease in performance while in use, at first almost imperceptibly!
One day will be the day for new dampers! Contact your suspension specialist. Replacing them and saving money do not go together, definitely not – you get, what you are paying for! When you buy new parts, choose the correct ones for your car from a reputable manufacturer; there is a broad choice, meeting - or coming very close to - your demands.
In this context also a few words on the chassis springs, too. Believe it or not: this quite solid component can break! First of all, a visual check of damper and spring is helpful. A broken spring has to be replaced, ideally as a complete axle set. And here again: cheap does not really work!
Have a safe and effective drive, on the road, on the track - and never forget the shock absorbers, these often underestimated, but very important parts!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron