Suspension Repair and Alignment
Your car’s suspension is often something that we take for granted, and don’t think about servicing it ahead of time. However eventually your shocks, bushings and other components will begin to loosen and wear out, and repairs and service will become inevitable. Here are some things you may experience when driving, which may be signals that it’s time to bring your car in for suspension component servicing.
Uneven tire treads – Your tires are a glimpse into the dynamics of your vehicles performance over the road. If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice balding spots, this is often a symptom that the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.
- Road test for shocks and suspension
- Inspect steering components for unsafe conditions
- Perform alignment as necessary
- Inspect shocks and springs
- Estimate life left
Do “bounce test” on the front and back of your vehicle – If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the car in “park,” press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.
Car rides roughly – Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to “bounce.” A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs work.
Dips or “nose dives” when stopping – When the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly.
Oil Soaked Shocks – If you can look under the vehicle, take a look directly at the shocks or struts. If they look greasy or oily, there’s a good chance that they are leaking fluid and therefore aren’t working properly. It’s probably time to get those shocks replaced.
Drifting or pulling during turns – With a failing suspension system, you’ll often feel the vehicle “drift” or “pull” when you’re turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. If you feel this sensation while turning, it’s time to take the car to a trusted auto repair shop for servicing.
At Escondido Auto Tech, we are suspension experts and know what it takes to return your car to that factory new ride.