Our vehicle's suspension system, otherwise known as shocks and struts, is something we often take for granted. Some people believe the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride. Therefore these repairs aren't as necessary as other maintenance issues like oil changes or brakes. However, having bad suspension can 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 auto repair.
How do you know when it's time for suspension repair? Your vehicle will give you four hints.
- Your Car is Riding Rough:
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.
- Drifting or pulling during turns
With a failing suspension system, you'll often feel the vehicle "drift" or "pull" when you're turning. This pulling means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover.
- Dips or "nose dives" when stopping.
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 dipping will affect your ability to stop the car quickly and is unsafe.
- Uneven tire treads
Take a look at your tires. Suppose you notice the tire tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires. In that case, it is likely caused by poor suspension holding the car unevenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.
For more information please call Hadaway Collision and Automotive at (903) 794-1537.