Everything You Need to Know About Car Suspension

Everything You Need to Know About Car Suspension

The Suspension System

Suspension refers to a system of springs, shocks, tires and more that connect the wheels to the vehicle itself, allowing independent movement of the two parts, vehicle, and wheels. Car Suspension was created to improve road handling and ride quality, as well as safety on rough roads and comfort while traveling across them. Because this system is designed to take the beating from various road surfaces doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Suspension systems are likely to wear out or break under so much stress.

Identifying Suspension Problems

So now that you understand that your suspension is susceptible to damage over time, how can you tell if damage has occurred? There are a few key signs of vehicle suspension trouble that you can watch out for. Remember that if your vehicle starts behaving or handling oddly in any way, it’s never a bad idea to contact professionals for help. If you notice any of these six signs while driving your vehicle, don’t hesitate, visit ACA Automotive today.

  1. Your Vehicle Pulls or Drifts in One Direction

  2. Do you feel like you are constantly correcting your car’s course and compensating for drift to stay in between the lines? If so, your car may have alignment or suspension problems.

  3. You Generally Have Difficulty Steering

  4. We shouldn’t need to go into much detail about why steering is so important to your safety. If you experience any difficulty handling or maneuvering your car, speak with a certified technician immediately.

  5. The Car Bounces and Dips after You Hit a Bump

  6. Prolonged bouncing after your wheels impact a bump in the road could mean components of the suspension are wearing out.

  7. You Feel Every Single Bump in the Road

  8. If riding in your car is rough on you, it’s definitely too rough for your car’s suspension system. Average road conditions shouldn’t cause exaggerated bouncing or stiffness with a good suspension system.

  9. Your Car Sits Low On its Wheels

  10. If your car seems to sag or dips lower in one corner or over a certain wheel, that is a good indication that the suspension parts in that area need attention.

  11. Nose Dives, Rolls, and Squats

  12. Does your car lean very far forward when you brake, almost as though it’s bowing? Does it lean back when you hit the gas or roll when you take a corner? Outside of extreme handling situations, these are all signs of suspension trouble.

Written by Adam Kalb