What is a car chassis?

Tuesday 6th June 2023

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A car chassis is otherwise known as the frame, although the chassis specifically refers to the load-bearing part of the car’s frame. The chassis provides the vehicle with the structural stability needed to make the car strong.  

What does a car chassis include?

The chassis refers to the horizontal section of the car that supports and connects all the important components in your car. It includes; 

  • Wheels: Your wheels are what moves your car, as it converts power from the engine into motion. Your wheels need regular maintenance and alignment to ensure proper vehicle handling.  
  • Wheel carrier: The component that holds your wheel in place. 
  • Wheel bearing: The bearing that holds your wheel to the axle and allows it to spin. 
  • Brake: Your brake system is important for allowing your car to come to a stop and also needs regular maintenance. If you have any concerns about the function of your brakes, we offer free brake checks to ensure your brakes are in good working order.   
  • Suspension: Your suspension is an important part of your chassis affecting your steering ability and overall comfort. If you have any concerns about your suspension book your free suspension check today! 
  • Axle support: Your axle is a crossbar, linking your wheels and connecting them to your car body. 

As part of your MOT, your chassis is checked to ensure it’s free from damage and corrosion. Remember, your MOT is required on an annual basis to make sure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. If your MOT is due soon, simply book your MOT online.   

How does a chassis work?

The main function of your chassis is to distribute dynamic and static loads through the car’s framework. Essentially ensuring that the forces generated during acceleration, braking and cornering are transmitted to the suspension system. The aim of this is to enhance stability, handling and safety.  

If you have any concerns about the condition of your chassis, find your local Formula One Autocentre and our skilled mechanics will be happy to help.  

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