The suspension of a car is the mechanism that makes driving in a car comfortable.
During rough rides – especially due to bad roads, potholes or bumps – it is the responsibility of the suspension to provide control over the vehicle when it bounces.
The suspension also causes a hard impact from a bouncing vehicle not to be transferred to the passengers.
It is also the job of the suspension to protect the vehicle from damage from the numerous impact it has with the ground during rough rides.
A vehicle’s suspension is the part that connects the vehicle’s body to its wheels.
A vehicle suspension system is made up of the shock absorber, springs, tyres, tyre air, and other components that connect your vehicle to its wheels.
When a car has suspension problems, the symptom is easy to tell, but tracing the source of the problem is usually the challenge.
The source of the symptom could be faulty or worn out ball joints, springs, shock absorber, struts, etc. Knowing the exact source of the system most time would require the attention of an experienced mechanic to spot what the fault is.
So, how can we tell if our cars have suspension problems?
If Your Shock Absorber Is Oily or Greasy
If your shock absorber looks oily or greasy, this is a sign that the shock is damaged. You can tell an oily shock absorber when you look under the vehicle to inspect the shocks. If the shock is stained with greasy fluid, chances are that it has been damaged. It’s important to replace them at that point.
If Your Car Aligns to one Side When in Motion.
This could be a sign of a suspension problem. It could mean that the steering component and the suspension have become worn-out and in need of replacement.
However, when a car is in need of a wheel alignment, or when the level of tread wear on the tyres is different, this could also make a car align to one side.
If you Experience Bumpy Rides
A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs work. That is, when driving in your car becomes bumpy that it causes the car to “bounce”. This is a sign that your suspension needs work.
If you begin to feel the impact when your vehicle drives into a bump or pothole.
When the impact of running into a pothole is transferred to your body – or is really felt, your ride is no longer enjoyable or cosy, then its might just be the right time to have your suspension checked.
If your vehicle dips or noses further than anticipated.
This is another sign that your suspension needs work. When you notice that your car noses further or dips further than anticipated, especially when you apply the brakes, this is a sign that of a worn-out shock absorber.
If your vehicle bounces repeatedly.
The repeated bouncing of your car after hitting a pothole or a bump is a sign of a suspension problem. The vehicle suspension is supposed to provide stability when it drives into a pothole. Continuous bouncing indicates that the vehicle has worn out or damaged shock absorber.
If your vehicle drifts or pulls away at corners.
If you noticed that your vehicle drifts or pulls away when you are making a turn at a corner, this is a sign that the suspension is no longer carrying out one of its function of keeping the vehicle stable. This makes driving the vehicle risky as the vehicle might roll over when in motion. It is very important to get the vehicle checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.
When this happens, it is a sign that the suspension is no longer carrying out one of its function of keeping the vehicle stable. This makes driving the vehicle risky as the vehicle might roll over when in motion. It is very important to get the vehicle checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.
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