Your car’s suspension is designed for control while driving. We often take our car’s suspension system for granted. The suspension tends to not get as much attention as the engine, transmission, and braking system of the car.
Below are just a few parts that make up your suspension, each of them having to play a role in keeping you safe and comfortable.
- Shock Absorbers
- Suspension Arms
- Strut Mountings
Here are a few things to look out for when it comes to the suspension of your vehicle:
Does your car pull to one side when driving?
If your car pulls to one side when driving the problem could be your tires, shocks, or brakes.
The first step will be to check your tires. Make sure your tires are inflated correctly, because over or under inflated tires can cause instability when driving. If this has been checked and the problem persists, check the wear on your tires.
If you notice that your tires are wearing unevenly, we recommend you have Autoworks check your vehicle to make sure there is no wear on any of your suspension components.
Difficulty when steering?
When driving at low speeds and your steering wheel feels stiff, it might mean there is an issue with your suspension. However, stiff steering could also mean a low level of power steering fluid, a faulty power steering pump, a leaking power steering rack or even worn-out control arm bushes.
It is dangerous to drive if your steering is not working properly. We recommend that if you feel any signs of difficulty steering that you have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Do you feel all the bumps on the road?
One of the main roles of your suspension is to make sure your car is smooth on the road. A bumpy ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs to be attended too. By ‘bumpy ride’ we are referring to when you go over a pothole or bump in the road and your entire car’s body ‘bounces’. If you experience this, you must have your shocks and struts checked by a qualified mechanic.
Is your car drifting or pulling when taking a turn?
Many times, when taking a corner, you may notice your car drifting or pulling from side to side. Drifting or pulling could be a sign that your tyres, suspension, wheel alignment or braking system could be faulty.
The first step would be to check your tyres for any high or low spots or uneven wear. If your tyres do not seem to be the problem, it is best to have a trusted repair company such as Autoworks look at your vehicle and advise you further.
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