Mechanical Device for Effective Ride Suspension Travel

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Good active safety and driving pleasure is possible for your Pontiac because it is equipped with a system of components known as the suspension system. In its most basic sense, your car's suspension system serves two major roles. First is by providing a comfortable ride for you and your passengers. The second role of these safety components is to keep the wheels of your car in firm contact with the road. For this reason, you need to have thorough knowledge on how this system works. With that, you would be able to know the parts that need to be adjusted when something goes wrong. With this in mind, you will certainly improve your driving and handling consistency, optimize weight transfers, and improve the balance of your car. As a system, your entire suspension is made up of various car components that serve a unique role. Among these are the suspension springs that are being used as absorbers of impacts to be able to control spring motions. They come in three types. These are the coil springs, leaf springs, and torsion bars.

Your is a type of suspension spring that is also known as coiled torsion bars or helical springs. They are the most common type of suspension springs used in vehicles. It is a mechanical device that is used in storing and releasing energy. This is a special type of torsion spring that maintains a force between contacting surfaces as well as absorb road shocks. A typical Pontiac coil spring is formed into a shape of a helix that is usually constructed out of an elastic material. The material used in the making of your coil springs makes it possible for this suspension component to return to its natural length after being unloaded. Tension coil springs and compression coil springs are the two main types of coil springs. Tension coil springs feature a hook or eye at each end, and are designed to withstand stretching. On the other hand, compression coil springs are the ones used in car suspension systems. This type of coil spring has been designed to resist being compressed.

Your Pontiac coil spring can be finished in three different ways: plastic coating, epoxy coating, or chrome plating. Plastic coating closes the gap at the ends of the coil because they tend to be very thick. Their only disadvantage is that, plastic coated coil springs add unnecessary weight and that their spring rate changes significantly. On the other hand epoxy coated coil springs does not affect the spring rate because they are applied within very fine tolerances only. Lastly, chrome plated coil springs can result in spring failure because they can induce hydrogen embitterment. They may be different from each other, but each one serve in torsion when they are extended and compressed. This is because they are primarily designed to absorb and deflect the variations in your suspension. However, constant exposure to huge pressure can slowly reduce their tempering abilities. Eventually, your Pontiac coil spring would sag so it would not be able to handle the loads any longer because of cracking, warping and scarring. Do not allow this to affect your ride handling by replacing it with a new one at soonest possible time.

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