Shocking state of suspension

Suspension from Bilstein

Published:  13 March, 2014

Dodgy suspension is rife on our pot-holed roads and Bilstein urges workshops to carry out checks when undertaking servicing and repairs this Spring. The firm undertook some research and a group of mobile suspension testers found around 20% of the vehicles checked had a defect in the suspension system and as many as one in four vehicles had a road adherence difference of more than 20%. Drivers tend not to notice the wear and tear on shock absorbers and the consequences can be severe, especially when evasive action needs to be taken on the road, dramatically extending braking distance. "A regular check of the suspension, including the shocks and springs, is essential for road safety," emphasises Rainer Popiol, head of training at Bilstein. The detection of possible safety risks also strengthens customer loyalty.

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