5 Signs Your Car Needs Suspension Repair
Our car’s suspension system, the shocks or struts, is something we too often take for granted. After several years of carrying tons of metal, your shocks will eventually wear, and suspension repair will be necessary. Many people mistakenly believe that the suspension is mostly about having a smooth ride, making these repairs not as vital as other maintenance issues like brakes or oil changes. However, having a suspension in bad condition can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when turning or stopping, so it’s important to no ignore this part of automotive maintenance.
How do you tell it’s time for suspension repair? Your vehicle will likely tell you. Here are five things to keep an eye out for.
#1 – Your Car Rides Roughly
Most can tell their struts or shocks are beginning to wear out when they feel every bump in the street or when every bump causes the vehicle body to bounce. A rougher ride is a telltale sign that your car’s suspension needs some maintenance.
#2 – Pulling or Drifting During Turns
When a suspension system begins to fail, you will often feel the automobile drift or pull when you are turning. This essentially means the shocks are no longer keeping the car body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk for rollover. If you feel this sensation when turning, it is time to take your car to your trusted auto repair shop for suspension servicing.
#3 – Your Tire Treads are Uneven
Take a look at your tires. If you notice your tire’s tread is wearing down unevenly or you’re beginning to see balding spots, your suspension may not be holding the car evenly and putting uneven pressure on your tires. Make sure your trusted auto repair shop offers tire services as well, so they make sure to inspect your tires in case they too need maintenance.
#4 – You Have Damaged Oily Shocks
When taking a look underneath your car, take a look at your shocks or struts. Does it look greasy or oily? If so, there is a good chance there is leaking fluid, and your shocks or struts are not working properly.
#5 – Your Car Dips or Nose dives When Stopping
When your automobile’s shocks are worn out, you will likely feel the car body nose dive when applying your brakes firmly. This will affect your ability to stop; in fact, a bad suspension can increase your stop time up to 20 percent.
If you suspect that your car’s suspension requires service because it exemplifies one of these telltale signs, take your vehicle to your trusted auto repair shop today.
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