Chapter 14 – Suspension, Steering, and Tires

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Chapter Overview

This chapter focused on: Suspension System Purpose; Steering System Purpose; Suspension and Steering Components; Tire Classifications; and, Tire Care and Maintenance.

Suspension and Steering Sites

Tire Manufacturer Sites

Nitrogen vs. “Plain Old Air” in Tires

Apps

Videos

Summary

The suspension system absorbs bumps in the road to give a smooth ride. The steering system allows the operator to control left and right motions of the vehicle. Tires provide the traction (adhesive friction) necessary for maneuvering. Knowing tire specifications can be beneficial when buying new tires. UTQG ratings make it easier for you to compare different tires. Abnormal tire wear patterns show possible problems with the vehicle. Suspension and steering components work in conjunction to provide a safe ride.

Activities and Study Questions

Activities and study questions can be completed in the Auto Upkeep Workbook.

Career Paths

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