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The Different Types Of Car Suspension Explored

The suspension system is a key component of any car’s engineering. It helps to keep the tires in contact with the road and maintain traction, while also ensuring that passengers are comfortable during travel.

Suspension types can be categorized as independent or dependent, double wishbone or live axle; each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. This article explores these different types of suspensions, suspension kits and how they affect your ride quality.

First, let’s discuss briefly how suspension works on your average vehicle.

How Does The Suspension On A Car Work?

Suspension in a car is like the chassis of a house (or mobile park home). When you think about it, suspension and chassis are both just vehicles to carry something else – cars or people. Just as your vehicle needs good shocks to withstand driving over bumps on rough terrain, we need our houses able to absorb vibrations from things that cause them: earthquakes for example.

The main point here is how important these two features exist to keep us safe. Car suspension is inherent in automobiles because it is able to withstand factors outside of our control.


When you look at every car that rolls out of the assembly line, almost all cars come with independent suspension. This means each wheel or axle is independently suspended so if one loses contact with the ground, there are still other 3 wheels as a failsafe.

Let’s explore that point a little more.

Dependent Suspension

This design of suspension system is very simple and as such is used by some automotive manufacturers or even DIY enthusiasts looking to minimize cost while still delivering the basic functions. It’s true, you can still see this type of setup in modern cars especially in off-road vehicles.

This dependent suspension system has a solid axle that spans the width of the frame. It allows wheels on both sides to work as one team and experience more stability.

If your car leans to the left side, then its opposite will follow along because of how they’re connected together and dependent upon each other for balance. This is why a suspension system becomes so important in rough terrain – it stops that back-and-forth motion from happening while driving over bumps or even through puddles!

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Independent Suspension

The independent suspension system doesn’t have that single connecting axle. Each wheel of an independent suspension has a different reaction to road conditions, meaning that the bump on one side isn’t going to cause any reactions in other parts of this car’s frame.

This is what makes it so comfortable for passengers: we don’t feel every little jolt and vibration from the ground below as if our whole body were being shaken like some kind of mini-earthquake machine. Ultimately, it’s a more comfortable way of getting around via vehicle.

Wrap Up

Suspension is one of the most important components in a car. Not only does it keep your ride smooth, but good suspension keeps you safe. If there are any issues with shocks or springs, that could cause major problems for your brakes and steering system too.

The knowledge gained about how suspensions work also helps people take care of their cars better by providing them with an understanding on what to look out for when inspecting other parts like shock absorbers and coil springs as well (which can help avoid expensive suspension repairs).

We hope that this blog post has been helpful in enlightening you about car suspension. Let us know if you have any questions or feedback below, and we’ll be happy to help!  Thanks for reading.

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