• Why It Isn’t Safe to Drive with Suspension Damage

    Your suspension system is the part of your car responsible for keeping it from dragging on the ground. It includes many components, including wheels, tires, springs, shocks, and steering. Something can go wrong with each of these parts, making it difficult or even dangerous to drive your car. Suspension damage is possible during a collision, so when you take your car into an auto body shop for repairs, ask them to check your suspension system to make sure no hidden damage has occurred. Driving with a suspension problem can be dangerous, depending on the type and severity of the damage. Here are some of the risks you could face if you have suspension damage.


    Broken springs make cars difficult to control.

    One kind of suspension damage that can occur during an accident is a broken spring. If your car has a broken spring, driving will feel rough and bumpy, and the car will be difficult to control. The spring can also allow the car to rest on one or more of the tires, which can cause the tire to become separated from the car. Even if you are able to drive your car with a broken spring, you will be doing further damage to the car that will eventually require costly repairs to be made.


    Cracked wheels stop cars from moving.

    A cracked wheel may prevent a car from moving at all, but in other cases, you will be able to drive with a cracked wheel without knowing there is a problem. However, driving with a cracked wheel will allow the damage to become increasingly worse until a catastrophic failure occurs while you’re driving. Your auto body shop should also inspect your wheels after an accident to make sure there are no cracks.


    Broken steerage linkages prevent cars from turning.

    A broken steering linkage is an extremely dangerous problem. It will prevent your car from turning and will otherwise make it unsafe to drive. If there is damage to your steering linkage, you should not attempt to drive your car.


    Let the experienced technicians at Michael J’s Body Shop help you get your car back on the road safely after an accident. Make an appointment for collision repairs by calling (408) 279-2070.

  • What Are Sway Bars?

    If you are interested in car modifications, then chances are you have encountered sway bars. Sway bars can make suspension systems function more smoothly, without major changes to the feel of how your car drives. Suspension fixes are often part of the collision repair process, so your auto body shop will need to know if you have a sway bar in place.


    Watch this video to learn how sway bars work. They are commonly used in racing cars to allow the suspension to operate more efficiently, thanks to some flexion in the wheels.


    Michael J’s Body Shop offers collision repairs in San Jose, including paintless dent repairs. For more information or to make a service appointment, call (408) 279-2070.

  • A Look at Post-Collision Safety Problems

    Most people feel very lucky when they come through an auto accident unharmed, but safety problems can persist after the collision. One of the reasons that collision repairs are so important is they ensure that your car is safe to take back out on the road. By choosing an experienced, qualified auto body shop, you can be sure that your car is road-ready both inside and out after an accident.


    There are several kinds of issues that can cause post-collision safety problems. One is that the brakes may be damaged during the accident, reducing your ability to stop as anticipated. Damage to your engines and fluid lines can also occur. One of the biggest safety risks post-collision is frame damage. A damaged frame will leave you with alignment problems that make it difficult to control your car’s steering.


    Michael J’s Body Shop is committed to ensuring that you get your car back in top condition after an accident. Make an appointment for collision repairs in San Jose by calling our auto body shop at (408) 279-2070.

  • How Can You Tell If Your Car Has Frame Damage?

    After an auto accident, your car may look like it has only minor damage, but more serious problems could be lurking beneath the surface. Frame damage is not always easy to see from the outside, but failing to get it repaired could lead to significant problems with your car in the future. An experienced auto body shop will check your car for frame damage as part of the collision repair process. You can identify the signs of frame damage by being alert to these symptoms.


    Your car is pulling in one direction.

    Does it feel like you are fighting your car in order to keep it in a straight line? If your car is pulling to one side or the other, then there is a good chance that you have an issue with alignment, which could be caused by frame damage. When you have a bent frame, your car can’t drive in a straight line and you’ve had an alignment, then frame damage is likely.


    Your tires are wearing unevenly.

    Uneven tire wear is another sign of a bent frame. It occurs when the bent frame doesn’t allow the tires to run evenly on the road, which causes the tread on one or more of the tires to wear away faster than the others. You can see this kind of wear and tear for yourself if you periodically check your tires’ tread. For some people, the first sign of this kind of uneven wear is a flat tire.


    Your car makes strange noises.

    When you have a bent frame, your car is likely to creak and squeak while you’re driving in response to parts bumping into the unaligned frame. The sound is likely to come from the part of the car where the bend is located.


    Bent frames are common during accidents, but Michael J’s Body Shop can deliver expert frame straightening services to get your car back to normal. For more information about our auto body shop in San Jose, call (408) 279-2070.