Your vehicle’s suspension system is responsible for supporting literally tons of weight over the years, so it’s no surprise that many suspension systems eventually fail and need suspension repair.
This post will cover a few of the signs that it’s time to bring your vehicle to a mechanic for a suspension inspection and subsequent repair.
When should you have your vehicle’s suspension inspected?
Knowing when it’s time for suspension repair isn’t a guessing game. It’s time to bring your vehicle into our pros at A2Z Complete Car Care if you’ve noticed any of these signs:
- Rough rides: You may feel every little bump and divot in the road on your daily commute as the struts and shocks start to go. This is an unpleasant experience that can only be remedied with suspension system repair.
- Shaking steering wheel: Your car’s body might shake while driving down the road, and the steering wheel might shake along with it. Steering wheel vibration is common when the tie rods, springs or control arms are on their way out. Be sure to seek professional help ASAP, as this problem only gets worse.
- Clunking sounds: You should expect a fairly quiet drive when going from point A to B. It’s cause for concern if your vehicle makes any strange noises on your commute. If you hear clunking sounds when you drive over a bump, it’s time to see a mechanic about getting a suspension inspection.
- Pulling on turns: People often notice their suspension system is failing when they go around turns because the vehicle pulls or drifts to one side. When this occurs, the shocks no longer keep the vehicle stable against the centrifugal force of the turn. You’re at a higher risk of a rollover when your suspension system goes out, so seek help immediately.
- Dips when stopping: Your vehicle might lurch forward and do a downward nosedive when the shocks start to fail. This isn’t just a little uncomfortable—it’s actually a safety hazard because a failing suspension system increases your stop time by up to 20 percent.
- Uneven tire tread: Up until now, drivers have to be behind the wheel to notice the signs of a failing suspension system, but you might be able to tell just by looking at your tire tread. Tire tread that’s excessively worn in certain areas indicates that the suspension system isn’t supporting the vehicle evenly, putting extra pressure on some spots on the tires.
- Visible damage: Body damage can indicate that the suspension system needs to be inspected. If you get in a collision or if your car is visibly damaged after hitting a curb or other object, it’s a good idea to see a mechanic. They’ll perform a full inspection to ensure your suspension system is in working order.
Schedule your appointment today
Don’t risk your safety by driving around with a shoddy suspension. Instead, schedule an appointment with A2Z Complete Car Care. Our team knows when you should have your vehicle’s suspension inspected, and we’ll do everything we can to fix your suspension troubles.