Axle, Suspension & Brakes
Driving on a bumpy road can be risky. However, your car is built with parts that wave these risks and make sure that your drive is safe and smooth..
It is well understood that the purpose of a suspension is to act as a cushion only when a bump or crack emerges in the road. It includes transforming force into heat thereby eliminating the impact that force would have had.
The following components make the entire suspension system.
Springs: They increase the wheel’s traction and absorb the shock generated from the road surface
Shock absorber: It dampens the up & down movements caused by the springs
Ball joints: These connect the car’s tire to its suspension system
Stabilizer bar: It helps in balancing the car when it takes turns
Bumper: It is used to prevent physical damage to the front or rear of the car
Upper and lower arm: These help the tyres to move in the same direction as the car’s body.
Strut: It holds the lower arm to help the smooth functioning of the front wheels.
Components of brake system
Your vehicle may have four-wheel disc brakes (most commonly), four-wheel drum brakes or a combination of the two, with drum brakes in the back and disc brakes up front (possibly). Regardless, the breakdown of each brake system component is provided below.
- Master cylinder
- Brake pads
- Brake shoes
- Brake drum
- Wheel cylinder
Even though these parts are small, a broken pin or a missing clip can prevent your brakes from functioning properly.
Recommended read: Car Brake Maintenance Tips
One of the crucial parts responsible for transferring rotary power from the engine to the drive shaft is the automobile axle.
The car axle includes a number of related parts that must work together for it to function effectively, including:
- Drive pinion gear
- Drive pinion shaft
- Ring gear
- Spider gear
- Differential carrier
- Axle shaft bearing
- Side gear
- Adjuster nut
- Axle shaft housing
The majority of the time, cars with RWD or 4WD drive systems contain axle components. With this element, the speed of the car can be stabilised because the right and left tyres will be moving at the same speed.