People often undermine the importance of a sound suspension system, assuming it is only required for a smooth ride. The suspension system, i.e., the shocks and struts of a vehicle, are usually taken for granted. Other components such as the engine or brakes are considered essentials, while the suspension is not. However, a malfunctioning suspension system can affect the ability to control the car, especially during turns or braking. It is, thus, imperative to pay attention to the signs that your suspension system requires maintenance. Special Interest Automobiles gives you the rundown on the most critical suspension signs to look out for.
A bumpy ride
One of the primary functions of a suspension system is to smoothen out bumps and knocks for your car while driving on the road. The first sign that the suspension system is worn out is when your car bounces excessively, even on the more minor bumps. Thus, if you feel the bumps now that were not apparent earlier, it is time to check the suspension. Special Interest Automobiles also recommends conducting the bounce test to check how your suspension is performing. Push down on your car’s bonnet using your entire weight and count the number of bounces on release. If there are more than three bounces, there is a problem with the shock absorbers or struts.
Pulling and drifting during turns
When the suspension is not working efficiently, you will notice that your car is drifting or pulling, especially while turning. When the shocks are worn out, they cannot stabilize the vehicle against the centrifugal force of the turn. Worn out shocks can be dangerous as it increases the risk of rollovers significantly.
“Dips” when stopping firmly
A sure sign of bad suspension is if your car dips or nose-dives when you hit the brakes, this can be a huge safety hazard as it affects your ability to stop the car when you want to. Reports suggest that a worn suspension system can increase a vehicle’s stop time by 20%, leading to accidents. Thus, if you notice a problem with the shock absorbers or struts, take your car in for an inspection immediately to avoid dangerous driving in the future.
One corner is lower
If you notice one corner of your car lower than the others, you may have a broken or damaged coil spring. You may also hear clunking sounds while driving over potholes or bumps.
Tires that are unevenly worn
Uneven tire treads or balding spots on the tires can be a sign of a malfunctioning suspension system. When the suspension is worn out, it cannot hold the car in balance, putting uneven pressure on all the tires.
Oily shock absorbers
Special Interest Automobiles recommends conducting a visual check of your struts or shock absorbers regularly to see if they are greasy or oily. An oily suspension system can result from fluids leaking, which can adversely affect their performance.
As outlined, a suspension system does so much more than ensuring a smooth drive. If you notice any of the signs above, contact the experts at Special Interest Automobiles to get your suspension checked!