What is the suspension system?

Your suspension system protects you and your vehicle from the impact of irregular road surfaces as you drive. It's comprised of three basic components including shocks, springs and struts.

How does the suspension system work?


Shocks keep your tires in contact with the road and help minimize the effect of hitting a bump.


Springs support the weight of your vehicle and help maintain proper riding height.


Struts are common on newer model vehicles. They act as shocks and help your wheels turn easily.

How could something go wrong?

The most common problem is wear from extended road use. Another cause is a jarring impact (or a series of jarring impacts) that could cause breakage.

How do you recognize a problem?

Bouncing is the most noticeable sign. And the steering wheel will feel loose. You should also check to see if your car is sitting level.

How does Tuffy make it right?

First of all, Tuffy offers free inspections. So there's no reason you shouldn't have your car looked at the minute trouble signs appear. It could save you money. Because shocks and struts wear out gradually, problems may not be as noticeable as, say, a muffler falling off. Make your life easier by having a Tuffy technician periodically perform a complete vehicle safety inspection.

We'll check all the components of your suspension system to determine the problem area. Then we'll repair or replace only the parts that need repair or replacement, using MAP guidelines.