Problems with a car’s suspension will, if not rectified, lead to further car driving and owning woes. However, many of us miss the subtle first signs that provide a clue to an impending issue. But failing to act at the earliest opportunity can lead to far more expensive repairs further down the line.
The following discusses 4 of the most common issues that give clues that something’s starting to go a little awry with the structure on which the whole car relies.
You’re getting a bit of a bumpy ride.
This is the most clear-cut sign that there’s something wrong with a vehicle’s suspension. When all is working as it should, the suspension absorbs most of the bumps in the road, creating a smooth ride. If you start to notice every little fluctuation in the road surface, or the car starts to nosedive when you brake, then it’s time to head to a professional car shop to get the suspension checked.
The car starts to pull to one side or drift when you turn.
This happens because the suspension is no longer doing its job of keeping the vehicle stable throughout a turn. When you turn the wheel, various forces come into play that want to prevent the vehicle from safely completing the turn. Correctly functioning suspension plays a huge role in counteracting these forces. If you notice you’re having to hang onto the steering wheel that bit harder to complete the turn, it’s time to get that all-important suspension professionally checked out.
The tires of the vehicle show signs of uneven wear.
Now, there are many reasons this can happen, but poorly functioning suspension is one of them. It might not be an expensive fix—it might just be that the wheel alignment is out of kilter. The suspension plays a part in how the wheels sit on the road surface. A repair involves small tweaks being made to ensure that the angle of the tires is straight and true.
Wheel alignment is inexpensive and quick for a professional to carry out. However, this isn’t the only reason for unevenly worn tires. Worn suspension can’t hold the car evenly on the road and this shows in tire wear. So if you notice this, it’s off to the car shop you go.
You see grease or oil on the shocks.
The shock absorbers are crucial elements of the vehicle’s suspension, allowing the car to rise and fall smoothly to absorb bumps. If they leak fluid, they can’t perform properly, are likely to be coming to the end of their useful life and need to be replaced.
The key to great car maintenance is to be proactive. Therefore, if you have even the slightest inclination that your vehicle might have a suspension problem, heading to your friendly Autobahn of Boca repair shop will ensure the least amount of damage and an expert repair.
The best way to avoid such issues is to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s advised servicing schedule. At Autobahn, our marque-trained technicians provide the ultimate expertise for luxury cars at a price that main dealerships simply can’t compete with.