Identifying and correcting a problem with your vehicle’s suspension
If you own an automobile, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the various elements that need to be checked and serviced regularly, whether the brakes, the tires, the oil or the suspension. To ensure your safety and comfort, it’s important for your vehicle to be in good working condition, regardless of whether it’s new or several years old. But how can you identify and correct a problem with your vehicle’s suspension?
What’s the purpose of a car’s suspension?
First, you should be aware that your car’s suspension system is made up of numerous components (hydraulic fluid, joints, struts, CV boots, etc.), the two main ones being the suspension springs (which are responsible for keeping the vehicle from making contact with the road) and the shocks (which minimize the vehicle’s rebound effect).
Therefore, the role of your vehicle’s suspension is essential, as it helps the wheels maintain maximum traction by absorbing impacts as you drive (for example, when you go over a pothole or speed bump), thus ensuring a smoother ride and improving vehicle handling by holding the wheels firmly to the road.
The principal signs of a faulty suspension system
There are several indications that your suspension is malfunctioning or worn. You can easily identify them by paying attention to the way your car behaves on the road. Here are the main things to be on the lookout for:
- You seem to feel more jerks and jolts, and your vehicle feels like it is bouncing or shifting back and forth when you go over a bump or crack.
- Your vehicle seems as if it’s more difficult to steer and doesn’t handle as well.
- You feel like your vehicle veers off course when it’s going around a curve, changing directions or subjected to strong gusts of wind coming from the side.
- You hear sounds like knocking, grinding or squealing when you’re turning, braking or going over a bump.
- The nose of your vehicle drops sharply when you apply the brakes.
- Your vehicle doesn’t sit level, whether from front to back or from left to right.
- Your vehicle seems to rest on its rear end.
- Your tires wear unevenly, whether more on the inner edges or more on the outer edges.
- You notice rust, damage or leaks near the shock absorbers.
If you observe one or more of these warning signs, it’s best to visit a professional garage in order to ensure your safety, help you avoid losing control of the vehicle and prevent damage to the vehicle’s components. Automotive specialists will be able to clearly identify any problems with your suspension and perform any necessary repairs.
In general, it’s recommendable to have your vehicle’s suspension system inspected every 20,000 kilometers and that you replace the parts on both sides every 70,000 kilometers.
Do you think there might be a problem with your car’s suspension? If so, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the team of experts at Trans-Mico Automotive! These professionals will inspect and repair every component of your suspension system with utmost care and professionalism, no matter what make and model of vehicle you drive.