Jeep Suspension Service in Portsmouth, NH

 

A lot of Jeep enthusiasts turn to the iconic brand because they love exploring off the beaten path. They want a vehicle that can keep up with their need to roam, whether that's down dirt paths to camping sites or over rocky terrain through mountain country. Some just want to know that their vehicle will help them out if they get in a tight spot, like a muddy trail or a flash storm. 

One of the many qualities that help the Jeep get through these uncertain terrains is the well-designed suspension system. The system provides the cushion drivers need to enjoy a comfortable ride, and it helps to ensure a safe ride through uneven conditions. If something fails on the suspension system, it can make the drive feel a lot worse and become unsafe.

Getting timely suspension service is key to preserving the health and longevity of your Jeep. The specialists at Bournival Jeep will partner with you to create the right service schedule to keep your Jeep in top condition. If you have trouble with your Jeep's suspension, they will also provide prompt and expert repair to get you safely back on the road as quickly as possible.

What Does the Suspension System Do? 

Your Jeep's suspension system connects the wheels to the rest of the vehicle, and it plays several roles. The one that most people know about is absorbing the shock of bumps and dips in the road (or off the road). Without the suspension system, you would have a very uncomfortable ride, and other components in your vehicle would take a beating, wearing down faster over time. 

Another important role of the suspension system that not as many people understand is to keep the vehicle level and safe. When you are going over especially rocky terrain, and when you are taking turns, especially at high speeds, your suspension system is helping to keep your wheels on the ground. If parts of your system start to fail, you and your passengers could be at risk. It's important that you get your suspension inspected and serviced as soon as possible. 

Parts of the Suspension System

Your suspension system is composed of multiple parts, including your wheels and your brakes. These parts are all interconnected, and if any of them fail or begin to wear down, it jeopardizes the health of the other parts and the whole system.

Parts of the suspension system include: 

  • Shock and struts. These are hydraulic devices that both serve to cushion the shock from bumps in the road. Over time, they can leak fluid, causing problems. Seals can also break down, leading to failure. It's important to have these inspected and serviced regularly to head off any leaks and to identify signs of budding problems.
  • Sway bar. The sway bar helps to counterbalance the vehicle to keep it steady during turns and uneven conditions. Problems with the sway bar can cause your vehicle to get out of alignment and can lead to balance issues. 
  • Control arms. These hinged links connect your vehicle's chassis to the wheels. These frequently encounter problems when the ball joints wear down. 
  • Bushings. These small parts play a big role. The bushings are like the cartilage of your vehicle, helping to provide cushioning and insulation between parts, the way cartilage does for bones. When the bushings fail, metal parts will bang against each other, leading to serious damage. 

Understanding the parts of your suspension can help you identify when something is going wrong with your vehicle. You don't need to be the expert, but you do need to be alert so that you know when to call in the help of a trusted mechanic. 

Signs of Suspension Trouble

Your vehicle may respond in a number of ways when there is trouble with the suspension. Being alert to these signs can help you to identify potential trouble early so that your mechanic can intervene and save you from bigger problems. Some common signs that there may be trouble with your suspension include: 

  • Excessive bouncing. If you notice that you are experiencing a bumpier ride than usual, there might be trouble with your suspension.
  • Low corner. Take a look at your Jeep before you jump inside. Do you notice that one corner is lower than the other? Your suspension might be to blame. 
  • Strange noises. You might notice any number of strange noises when your suspension system starts to have trouble. You may hear squeaking, squealing, knocking, and other noises. Don't ignore these. Call Bournival Jeep to schedule an inspection to find out what's causing them.
  • Poor alignment. If your Jeep is pulling to one side or another, it could be that you just need a simple alignment, or you could be dealing with a bigger issue with your suspension. 
  • Braking problems. Just like with your alignment, a problem with your brakes could be contained or it could indicate an issue with your suspension. If you find that you are taking longer to brake than usual, you may have a problem with your suspension. 

Any time you notice trouble with your Jeep, you should make a service appointment as quickly as possible. Ignoring these warning signs could allow a problem to grow larger, leading to more damage to your vehicle and costing you much more money. Save yourself a lot of trouble and make the service appointment early. 

Schedule a Service Visit with Bournival Jeep for Your Suspension and More

The specialists at Bournival Jeep are trained in the service and repair of all Jeep models. They can work with you to develop a maintenance schedule for your suspension system and other components, and they are available to provide prompt repair when your suspension system experiences trouble. They understand the unique needs of Jeep models and can make any repairs expertly. They also use certified Jeep parts for compatibility, reliability, and longevity. Call our service center today to schedule your maintenance or repair. We offer flexible hours to meet the needs of diverse schedules.