The suspension system is one of the most essential systems in a vehicle. Driving it with a broken or damaged suspension is like walking with a broken leg – your car will feel unbalanced and unstable, causing you to lose control over it or even worse.

Also known as the shocks and struts, this system is made up of several components. The chassis is what holds the cab of the car, followed by the springs and struts which support your vehicle’s weight and absorb any excess energy from road shocks. Finally, there is the anti-sway bar which ensures that your car is stable when your wheels are moving.

Your vehicle’s suspension system has the function of providing you with comfort by smoothing out all of the bumps on the road and giving your wheels a fine traction with the ground. However, just like any other system, your vehicle’s suspension can fail.

6 Signs Your Car Need Suspension Repair

How do you know it’s time to repair or at least inspect your suspension system? Here are six signs to watch out for:

  1. Rough car ride: If your car rides roughly and you start feeling every bump in the road, it’s an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs a thorough inspection.
  2. Drifting or pulling: Failing suspension systems often create additional drifting or pulling, especially when you are turning
  3. Weird stopping: Your suspension’s shocks may be worn out, if you feel the body of your vehicle “nose diving” forward when you apply the brakes firmly
  4. Uneven tyre treads: If the tread of each of your tyres is different and uneven, it may be a sign that your suspension is faulty
  5. Greasy/oily shocks: If you know where the shocks are under the vehicle, and see that they are oily or greasy, there is a good chance that they are leaking fluid and are not working as they should
  6. The bounce test: If you think that your suspension system is damaged and needs repair, try a simple test when you press down on the front of your vehicle (when it is parked) with all of your weight and “bounce” it a few times – if the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times, it needs a check.

The suspension system needs to be inspected every 20,000 kilometers. If you are already seeing some of the signs from above, it’s time to book an appointment in our service station.

Why You Should Never Drive With A Damaged Suspension System

Most drivers don’t give much attention to damaged shocks or struts until they see some clear signs. However, it is important for every driver to look out for potential signs and inspect the car regularly for any problems.

The real danger of a damaged suspension system is that it limits your ability to control the vehicle. It also comprises the ride and makes you feel uncomfortable, especially when you are driving on bumpy roads.

Plus, bad suspension systems only deteriorate faster, and have implications for other parts of the vehicle. For instance, your tyre performance may be limited, and you might notice excessive wear on the inside or outside of your tyres (mostly because of uneven wear). Other potential problems include a diminished breaking ability, loss of control over your steering, and greater wear of all the other elements in your suspension system.

Finally, a failing suspension system can lead to additional expensive repairs or replacements. That is why we encourage every driver to inspect their car’s suspension – you can book your appointment at any Stop&Go service center by calling 800-STOP-GO today or by visiting this link.