Your car’s suspension system does more than simply make for a more comfortable ride. The suspension system plays a huge role in overall safety and handling. Suspension problems can lead to big trouble if they’re not resolved.
Here are seven surefire signs that you need to get your suspension looked at.
#1. You feel every little bump in the road.
Your suspension is there to cushion the ride, keeping it nice and smooth. If you’re feeling ever little dip and divot in the road it’s a good indication that your shocks or struts need to be replaced.
#2. The car pulls to one side while turning.
If you notice the car pulling, especially while you’re turning, it’s a good indication that there’s a suspension issue. It indicates that the suspension is no longer keeping the vehicle stable against centrifugal force. While it may not seem like a huge deal at first, this increases your risk of a rollover. If you notice a pull, don’t wait to get it checked out.
#3. You’re having difficulty steering.
There are a number of different problems that can lead to difficulty steering, and the suspension system is one of them. Problems such as the wheels being out of alignment could be symptoms of something larger, such as a bent control arm.
#4. Uneven tire treads.
If you notice bald spots or uneven wear on your tires, it’s another good indication that your suspension system may be failing. Uneven wear is a symptom of the suspension no longer holding the car evenly, which results in uneven pressure on the tires.
#5. One corner of the car sits lower than the others.
This is a common sign that you have a broken or damaged spring. You can do a quick test by pushing down on the trunk of the car and seeing how it reacts. Squeaks, creaks, or squeals are all signs that your suspension needs to be checked.
#6. The car “nose dives” when stopping
Believe it or not, a worn suspension system can increase stop time by as much as 20%. Other signs to watch out for include the car “rolling” (shifting from side to side) when you turn, or diving backwards when you accelerate. All of these problems indicate that the suspension is no longer holding the weight of the vehicle in place.
#7. You notice squeaking or creaking sounds when you go over a bump.
If your car is starting to sound like an old box spring mattress, there’s a good chance that you need to get the suspension system looked at. Squeaking is often a sign that bushings and other connections are wearing out.
Your suspension system is vital to the safety and handling of your vehicle. If you notice any of these warning signs or if you have any concerns about your vehicle’s suspension system, contact the team at Park Muffler.