How does car suspension work?

How do car suspension systems work? My car has been driving weirdly lately, and I'm trying to figure out if it's the suspension or something else.

Modern car suspension systems work by using a mix of springs and shock absorbers. Depending on your car, you might have one of a variety of combinations, but they’ll all include springs and absorbers.
Two of the most common types of springs are steel coil springs and leaf springs. In most cars, a spring will go over each wheel and connect with a shock absorber. The springs absorb a lot of the impact cars experience from driving on the road, and the absorbers release the energy.
Keep in mind, suspension systems are complex. A single dysfunctional piece can cause major problems. So if you think you have a suspension issue, it’s best to get it checked out as soon as possible.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Oct 28, 2021

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