Not only does your suspension keep your car ride from becoming a bumpy, jostling nightmare, but it’s also an important part of controlling your vehicle during stops and turns. There’s a few simple things to look out for when it comes to your suspension. Here’s a quick overview:
This is the most-widely recognized sign of a faulty suspension. If your car cant handle going over a bump without bouncing and bobbing, the suspension is damaged.
Turning Causes Pulling/Drifting:
Suspension helps stabilize your car during the centrifugal force of a turn. When it’s damaged, your car will pull or drift. This can potentially be perilous, as the odds of rolling over increase.
Dipping Front End When Braking:
Your suspension keeps your car stable during stops the same way it does when turning. When it’s damaged, the front end of your car will dip, as if about to nosedive (especially during hard stops). This can add to the likelihood of a wreck, as a damaged suspension can increase stop time by 20%.
Shocks Leak Oil:
Your shocks are underneath your car; check them periodically. If a greasy, oily residue has built up on or underneath them, they are leaking and need to be checked out.
“Bounce Test” Failure:
There’s an easy test for a faulty suspension system. Park your vehicle. Stand by the front, put all your weight on it, and bounce the car a few times. Do this again at the back of your vehicle. If your car continues to bounce after you release it, the suspension needs repairs.
It’s important to stay on top of repairs; don’t wait until something is completely broken to take your car in. Here at Saline Automotive, we offer suspension repairs alongside a host of other auto-related services. For more information, please give us a call at (734) 429-2886.