Owens Suspension & Brake Specialists

Suspension and Shocks

suspension

As our name suggests we believe totally in our ‘Complete Quality Service’.  Our attention to service quality is what sets Owens Brakes & Suspension apart from its peers.  Our staff is qualified to carry out servicing to manufacturers' handbook specifications.

An extensive inventory of products for a wide range of vehicles is held on site, while special pieces can be ordered in.  Parts can be fitted on site or supplied directly to customers.

Suspension keeps tyres in contact with the road surface, and eliminates road shock.

Shock absorbers are a key part of the suspension system.

Steering, is your vehicle veering to one side when the steering wheel is straight, or if you can hear noises when your vehicle is turning, you may have a suspension issue or it may also be a Wheel Alignment issue.

We can check your suspension and shock absorbers on a specialised meter which identifies any faults. Leaking or worn shock absorbers can decrease braking efficiency and cause vehicles to fail WOF inspections.

Did you know: Vehicles must be lowered correctly to gain a Warrant of Fitness? If you want to lower your suspension, see us for specialist support.

Suspension and Shocks

Suspension Servicing & Maintenance

What does a shock absorber do?
All cars have springs that control the height of a vehicle. Shock absorbers control those springs. If your shock absorbers are faulty the spring will bounce your tyre off the road.

If my brakes are in good condition, then should I have a problem stopping?
You will still stop, but a worn shock absorber will affect the efficiency of your stopping distance. Your brakes simply slow the rotation of your wheels. How soon you stop depends on how much contact your tyre has with the road. “That’s the job of your shock absorbers.” One worn shock absorber can increase your stopping distance by up to 2 metres at 50 kph.

If my shock absorbers are worn, will I notice it when I drive my car?
Shock absorbers wear gradually. We often don’t notice they are worn as we adjust our driving habits. Unfortunately this does not limit the potential danger of driving on worn shock absorbers.

If my car has just had a safety check will my shock absorbers be ok?
In a safety check your cars shock absorbers will almost always be checked for leaks or broken mounts. However to ensure your shock absorbers are operating efficiently a car should undergo an electronic shock test or a bounce test by a shock absorber safety expert, at the shock shop it's free and just takes two minutes. For your peace of mind and the safety of your car and passengers it is worth it.