Your car's suspension is the entire system of the tires, shock absorbers, and springs. All of these parts work together in harmony to ensure a smooth ride. In addition, the suspension is what keeps you safe with it playing a critical role in how the car handles on the road. You need to watch out for these trouble signs that your car's suspension needs to be repaired.
Uneven Tire Treads
Have you noticed that your car's tires are wearing down unevenly? This is a key indication that you are experiencing a suspension problem. You can inspect this issue on your own by looking at the wear bar on each tire, which is a piece of raised tread that goes across the entire width of the tire. The wear bar should be wearing down evenly if your suspension is in proper alignment. If the wear bar is higher and lower in some places, you need to have your suspension fixed. Replacing you car's tires won't solve this problem; your new tires will wear down unevenly in the exact same places.
A mechanic can diagnose why your car has more pressure on one side than the other. The fix may be as simple as a wheel alignment for the tires to get back into the proper place or replacing a wheel that is bent.
Front End Dips
A car should stay level at all times, especially when braking or accelerating. Any issue with the nose of a car dipping down towards the ground when braking is not normal. Ignoring the problem will only cause the dip to get worse, eventually causing the car's front end to hit the ground and cause body damage to the vehicle.
The primary cause for repair will be replacing the struts or shocks. You can test this problem on your own by putting the full weight of your body on the car's front end to push it up and down. The car should only bounce a couple more times when you let go of it, which indicates you have good shocks and struts. Take your car to a mechanic if the car continues to bounce any more than a couple times.
Bouncing or Swaying When Driving
Your car's suspension is designed to provide a smooth ride, even over bumpy surfaces. Pay attention to how your car handles bumps and if it is getting worse over time.
Bad struts are often the reason for excessive bouncing when driving over bump since struts contain a cylinder and piston that help with absorbing shocks as you drive. The steering linkage of your car can also become loose and cause your car to bounce or sway. Uneven tire wear and wheel alignment problems are also associated with swaying and bouncing. Thankfully, all of these issues can be repaired by a mechanic.
Pulling to the Side
The suspension is also responsible for helping your car make turns that are smooth and sharp. Having your car pull to a side when turning is an indication of a damaged suspension. If you drive a large car like an SUV, the problem with pulling to the side can potentially cause the car to roll over during really sharp turns.
You can self-diagnose this problem by just letting your car coast down a flat street. The car should be inspected if it is drifting to one side of the road consistently. The problem could be fixed with a wheel alignment, but the problem could also be due to the brake system or wheel bearings that have gone bad.
Work with Valley Express Auto Repair for assistance with repairing your vehicle .