Can you drive a car with bad suspension?
If your car is rattling when you drive it, or you’re experiencing unusual bumpiness making the car difficult to handle, you probably have a problem with your suspension. You may have bad or worn shocks, tie rods or ball joints. Your suspension manages the full weight of your vehicle. Anytime you have problems with your suspension, not only are you risking costly damage to your car, you’re also driving an unsafe vehicle. When you drive the car with a bad suspension, your ability to control the car becomes limited, in particular when you are stopping or turning.
To ensure safe handling when driving your car, making sure your suspension is serviced and in good repair is essential. If you are looking for a team of experienced professionals for suspension service in Saline and Ann Arbor, MI, call 734-429-2886 to reach the reliable team at Saline Automotive Service.
If you’ve had an accident, the suspension is just one of many possible components that could be damaged. Car wreck/collision repair will be in order to repair any damages from a crash.
How do you know if your suspension is damaged?
While a smooth ride can be affected by everything from poor road conditions to bad tires, a bumpy ride is often the result of a damaged or failing suspension. If your ride is consistently not smooth, you can test for bad shocks and struts by putting all your weight on the front end of the car and then releasing it. If it bounces up and down, the shocks and struts are worn out. Bad shocks and struts may also cause the vehicle to dip down or nose dive when braking, or lean back when accelerating. Your car may also lean to one side when turning if the shocks are bad.
You may also find your car has become harder to steer, especially at low speeds. Your steering system is connected to the suspension. Steering problems may signify either a problem in the steering system or in the suspension. Suspension service will be required.
If your car begins to drift or pull to one side, this likely indicates either a suspension problem or possibly a problem with alignment, brakes or underinflated tires. If it’s the suspension, either a tie rod, spring or control arm may be damaged and causing the drift.
A car that sits low on one side when parked or that makes a clunking sound when it goes over bumps indicates a damaged spring. Damaged springs will put excessive stress on your shocks, so will need to be replaced.
Is it dangerous to drive with bad struts?
Yes, it can be dangerous to drive with bad struts or shocks. The main reason for this is that it affects your braking. When you drive with bad struts or shocks, it increases your stopping distance, in particular when the roads are slippery or wet. Damaged struts can also affect the performance of your tires and brakes, as well as joints. All of these components can wear out quicker when your struts are damaged, and require you to get more repairs other than suspension service.
How much does it cost to fix a suspension?
Costs will vary based on the make, model, and year of the car, as well as the component that’s damaged. An average suspension repair will run anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000. Replacing the shocks and struts will run anywhere from $200 to $1,500 for average vehicles, while luxury vehicles may cost more. Replacing the ball joints can run anywhere between $350 to $2,200. Cost will also be affected by the amount of wear and rust under the vehicle.
How much does a suspension inspection cost?
When you have a suspension service performed on your vehicle, you may want to include a suspension inspection. These inspections are generally affordable and run between $122 and $146. The suspension inspection will alert you to any potential problems with your suspension and helps keep the system stable.
What is suspension service
A suspension service is a test of your shocks, struts, tie rods, ball joints and other components of your suspension. Below are some troubleshooting tips for suspension service.
How to service suspension system:
- Check your shocks and struts by bouncing the front or rear of the vehicle. It should stop about 1 ½ rebounds. If it bounces longer, it’s probably time to replace them.
- If you’re hearing noise like grinding or growling from wheels, test wheel bearings by driving on a low-traffic road and weave from side to side a few times. If the noise is consistent, you may have worn tires, but if it fades, that indicates problems with the wheel bearings.
- Check to see if your car is sagging or drooping on one side. This indicates a spring is damaged.
- If you hear a popping sound when the steering wheel is moved while parked, this could indicate worn tie rods.
What does service suspension light mean
When your service suspension light comes on, it means your car’s computer is detecting a problem with your suspension. You should take the vehicle in for a suspension service in which technicians can run diagnostic tests and check your suspension for problems.
How to reset service suspension system
If your service suspension system light still comes on after you’ve had a suspension service and made repairs, you may want to check with technician. Depending on the make, model and year of the vehicle, it could just mean there’s an error and the system needs to be reset. Different vehicles will have different reset options. You may want to check your owner’s manual to see if there are instructions on the reset.
Schedule a service
Anytime you’re having problems with your car’s handling, check with the professionals at Saline Automotive Service. We will provide an expert suspension service in Saline and Ann Arbor, MI. Give us a call at 734-429-2886 to schedule a service time.