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Steering and Suspension System - Auto Parts

By Terry Brown

Most car owners and drivers do not know a lot about their car's steering and suspension system. Suspension, when discussing cars, refers to the use of front and rear springs to suspend a vehicle's "sprung" weight. The springs used on today's cars and trucks are constructed in a variety of types, shapes, sizes, rates, and capacities. Types include leaf springs, coil springs, air springs, and torsion bars. These are used in sets of four for each vehicle, or they may be paired off in various combinations and are attached by several different mounting techniques. The suspension system also includes shocks and/or struts, and sway bars. Back in the earliest days of automobile development, when most of the car's weight (including the engine) was on the rear axle, steering was a simple matter of turning a tiller that pivoted the entire front axle. When the engine was moved to the front of the car, complex steering systems had to evolve. The modern automobile has come a long way since the days when "being self-propelled" been enough to satisfy the car owner. Improvements in suspension and steering, increased strength and durability of components, and advances in tire design and construction have made large contributions to riding comfort and to safe driving. The suspension system has two basic functions, to keep the car's wheels in firm contact with the road and to provide a comfortable ride for the passengers. A lot of the system's work is done by the springs. Under normal conditions, the springs support the body of the car evenly by compressing and rebounding with every up-and-down movement. This up-and-down movement, however, causes bouncing and swaying after each bump and is very uncomfortable to the passenger. These undesirable effects are reduced by the shock absorbers. Ford is one of the top carmakers globally. Throughout the years, Ford has continued to be one of the most popular and successful automobile manufacturers in the industry. With its global operations and top-selling model, Ford is ahead of its competitors. Replacement Ford Parts are one of the best selling aftermarket auto parts in the market. Millions of Ford auto parts are sold every year to service the needs of millions of Ford automobile owners all around the world. Ford owners can easily find the best auto parts for their vehicles at many stores. However, if you are in need of high quality, repla