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Three Signs of Suspension System Issues
An automobile’s suspension system is responsible for delivering you a comfortable ride, but also protects your ability to drive safely and gives you control and stability when you stop or turn the vehicle. While many people mistakenly believe that they can put off repairs to their suspension system, you will know better. The time that you spend reading and studying about your vehicle will be rewarded. For one thing, you’ll be able to recognize the need for repair when you notice any of three important symptoms.
You may suspect that your suspension system is having issues when all of the bumps and dips in the road are easy to feel. You can get an even better impression of the damage by performing a bounce test. Begin with your car in park. Lead on the front of your car with as much pressure as possible and “bounce” it a few times. Move to the back of the automobile and do the same thing. Let go of the vehicle and stand back enough to see if the car continues to bounce and rock more than just a couple of times. If it continues to rock, then your suspension is wearing out and will need some attention.
When your car begins to drift, pull or dip during turns or when you’re stopping, you know that something is wrong. A failing suspension doesn’t hold up against the centrifugal force of your turns, so the car will pull one direction or another as you turn or stop. Pay particular attention to the sensation of falling forward in a “nosedive” when you stop. This should signal some prompt repairs. Remember that the suspension system provides you with a stable, predictable ride. When you can’t count on controlling the direction of your vehicle, then your safety and that of your passengers could be at risk.
Finally, get down low to take a look. When the treads on your tires are wearing unevenly and if you have noticed irregular bald spots, you can bet that the suspension isn’t providing a well-balanced position for the car or truck. Your tires aren’t the only sign of damage down there; you can also watch out for damaged or greasy shocks. Any sign that the shocks are leaking fluid also means that they aren’t working properly. You’ll want to have them replaced as soon as possible.
Any part of your vehicle will benefit from ongoing attention and maintenance. The more that you know about how to recognize signs of trouble and how to prevent damage before it begins, the better you will be able to enjoy your driving experience. Learn more about suspension repair in San Diego by visiting this website.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at Weebly blog.
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