The suspension system is something that is often taken for granted. However, after supporting several tons of metal year after year, eventually the shocks will wear out and suspension repair will be necessary. Some people mistakenly believe the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride, and therefore these repairs aren’t as important as other maintenance issues like oil changes or brakes. A bad suspension can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when stopping or turning, so it’s in your best interest not to ignore this part of your auto care. There are also some signs you can notice when you are driving your vehicle.
Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to bounce. A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs work. With a failing suspension system, you’ll often feel the vehicle drift or pull when you’re turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. When the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly.
Take a look at your tires. If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, bring it in. Also if you notice balding spots, this is often a symptom that the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly. This will result in putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires. If you notice any issues with the tires, it can result in issues. The first issue being a problem with the suspension. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.