Your drivetrain and suspension systems are critical, not only to the functionality of your car but to the integrity of the vehicle and the safety of you and your passengers. If your car seems to have a drivetrain or suspension problem, then we highly recommend that you seek service and repairs immediately.
At C.A.R.S., we’re dedicated to auto service and repair that’s honest, transparent, and effective. Our ASE-certified technicians are ready to diagnose your problem, walk you through the repair options, and ensure that you can get back on the road confident in the health of your vehicle.
Your Drivetrain & Suspension Systems
The drivetrain is the system of components that generate the power to actually move the car. Your engine, transmission, wheels, and drive shaft are all parts of your drivetrain. When one of these components starts to fail or to function incorrectly, it can have a dramatic effect on your car’s performance.
Signs of an ailing drivetrain include
- Rumbling, grinding, or whining noises as you drive
- Sudden vibrations when you shift gears
- Transmission fluid leaks
- Transmission fluid that smells acrid or looks muddy
- Uncommon wear to the tires
- Recurring resonances
- Positioning problems
Your suspension system is also considered part of your drivetrain, and it is integral to your car’s functionality. Your car generates tremendous forces, vibrations, and inertia, and for the vehicle’s frame to properly withstand them, it must be finely balanced. Your suspension system provides this balance and ensures the smooth, efficient operation of your car.
Bad vehicle suspension can result in
- Unnecessary tire wear
- Alignment problems and damage
- Vibrations and noise
A healthy suspension and driveshaft system isn’t just important to your safety and the integrity of your car, it’s also money-saving. These systems contribute to fuel efficiency, which means more miles to the gallon and fewer trips to the gas station.