Suspension

Suspension Replacement Starting R1800

Suspension Replacement and Service Details

Our vehicle’s suspension system (i.e., shocks or struts) is something we often take for granted. However, after supporting several tons of metal year after year, eventually the shocks will wear out and suspension repair will be necessary. Some people mistakenly believe the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride, and therefore these repairs aren’t as important as other maintenance issues like oil changes or brakes. However, having a bad suspension can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when stopping or turning, so it’s in your best interest not to ignore this part of your vehicle maintenance schedule.

How do you know if your vehicle needs a suspension checkup?

 

1. Car rides roughly

Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to “bounce.” A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs work.

2. Drifting or pulling during turns

With a failing suspension system, you’ll often feel the vehicle “drift” or “pull” when you’re turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. If you feel this sensation while turning, it’s time to take the car to your closest driveshafts centre branch for servicing.

3. Dips or “nose dives” when stopping

When the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly (a bad suspension can increase stop time by up to 20 percent).

4. Uneven tire treads

Take a look at your tires. If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice balding spots, this is often a symptom that the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.

5. Damaged, “oily” shocks

If you can look under the vehicle, take a look directly at the shocks or struts. If they look greasy or oily, there’s a good chance that they are leaking fluid and therefore aren’t working properly. It’s probably time to get those shocks replaced.

6. Try the “bounce test”

If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the car in “park,” press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.

 

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

South Africa's Leading CV Joint, Driveshaft And Propshaft Supply and Fitment Specialists

CV Joint / Driveshaft Repair

Supply and fitment of driveshafts, cv joints, and cv boots for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. 

We also offer driveshafts services to extend product lifespan and avoid costly replacements.  CV joint service every 40000km is highly recommended.

Propshaft Balancing 

Driveshafts Centre uses the latest CEMB (Italy) equipment to detect and correct imbalances in propshafts, rotors, fans, etc. We provide customers with advanced diagnostic printouts. 

We have the capacity, equipment and skills to provide fast, excellent service. 

4X4 Accessories (Supply & Fit)

We carry a range of local and Australian made heavy duty shock absorbers, coil and leaf springs, polyurethane bushes and torsion bars. 

We supply and fit locally made Stone Land Rover Accessories (bash plates, diff guards, bumper steps, corner protectors.)

Suspension Replacement

We offer supply and fitment of suspension parts, such as control arms, struts / mountings and shock absorbers on all passenger and light commercial vehicles.   

Engine Services

Driveshafts Centre branches have the equipment and expertise to offer major and minor services on all makes and models of passenger and light commercial vehicles. 

Steering Racks (New / Recon)

Driveshafts Centre supplies and fits new and reconditioned steering racks,  rack ends, tie rod ends, steering rack boots and steering pumps on all passenger and light commercial vehicles.

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Leonard Fortuin

Branch Manager - Bellville
Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday: Closed
Phone: +27 21 949 1035

 

Arnold Gagiano

Branch Manager - Paarden Eiland
Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Phone: +27 21 510 8090

Richard Lessing

Branch Manager - Randburg
Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 8am to 12pm
Sunday: Closed
Phone 1: +27 11 792 1477
Phone 2: +27 11 792 2245