Your vehicle’s suspension is an unsung hero. It absorbs the road bumps, keeps the tires firmly on the pavement, and helps you steer among other important duties. Automobile suspension systems need TLC just as any other system does, and if you ignore your car, truck, or SUV’s underside, you might experience one or more of the six suspension problems listed below, Accurate Auto cautions.
Veering to one side indicates your wheels are out of alignment or you have a problem with your shock absorbers or tires. Your vehicle should not pull to the right or the left while you steer straight. If it does, check your tires for uneven pressure and tread wear. If this isn’t the problem, your ball joints, control arms, or shock absorbers might be to blame, or, as mentioned above, your wheels need to be aligned.
Most vehicles today use a combination of shock absorbers and struts. Usually, you’ll find the struts on the front wheels and the shock absorbers on the rear wheels. No matter the combination on your automobile, these parts ensure a smooth ride. If it weren’t for the shocks and struts, you’d feel as if you were driving a bounce house. If you do, it’s time for the shocks and struts to be replaced.
Each wheel on your vehicle’s suspension has a spring. If that spring breaks, which can happen over time, you will notice your automobile resting lower on that wheel. This can also happen if the tire is underinflated, but more than likely, you have a suspension problem. Press down on your vehicle at the lowered side. If you hear the suspension creak or squeal, have it inspected as soon as possible.
Remember when we said above that the suspension prevents bumpy rides? Well, it also keeps your vehicle steady when you accelerate, brake, and turn corners. If your shocks and struts are wearing down, you will feel – literally – your vehicle’s body react to your driving. Your car, truck, or SUV will lurch forward when you brake, lean backward when you accelerate, and lean when you turn corners.
Your steering system, whether power or manual, is part of your vehicle’s suspension. If the steering feels different, which is easier to notice with power steering systems, you could be on the road to steering system failure. Problems with steering systems include low fluid (for power steering) or control arm bushings that have worn down. You shouldn’t hear noise or feel a give and take when you steer.
Finally, your automobile’s shocks and struts have fluid inside them to help them absorb everything the roads throw at them. If you reach up underneath the wheel and touch the shocks or struts and they feel greasy or oily, they are most likely leaking fluid. This reduces their ability to absorb the bumps on the road, so you may also notice a rougher ride. Replace the leaking parts.
With three shops in Oregon, one in Beaverton, one in Oswego, and one in Hillsboro, Accurate Auto is ready to inspect and repair your vehicle’s suspension. Call us today at 503-773-5334, 503-506-6513, or 503-850-2878, respectively if you are experiencing suspension problems.