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5 Common Signs You Might Have Suspension Problems

It's nice to enjoy a smooth ride in your car. A number of things can affect the handling and overall performance of your vehicle, including the wheel alignment, tire treads, tire pressure, axles, differentials and brakes. In this article, we want to focus on your suspension system.

Suspension Components

The three main components of your suspension system are the springs, shocks and struts. Springs may come in the form of coil springs (most modern cars) and leaf springs (some older vehicles). They help absorb bumps and maintain consistent vehicle height. Some people may also get aftermarket air-ride suspension systems that can be tricky to maintain and repair.

Shocks and struts are often referred to simultaneously or interchangeably, but they are two completely different components that provide similar yet distinct support and shock absorption functions. Most vehicles will either use shock absorbers (shocks) or struts, though some may have struts in the front and shocks in the rear. Make sure you know which suspension components your vehicle has when it comes to maintenance, repair or replacement.

Here are 6 signs that you may have a suspension problem that you'll want to get inspected at Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley:

1. Rough Ride

If your car is really bouncy or it seems like you're feeling every bump in the road, it's time to get your suspension system checked out by a professional auto repair technician.

2. Front End Dips When Stopping

When your suspension is getting worn out, you can really feel your vehicle start to lurch forward more than normal when you come to a stop.

3. Drifting or Pulling During Turns

If you've noticed that your car pulls hard to one side or feels like it's drifting a bit while turning, it could be a sign of a suspension problem. It could also be a wheel alignment, tire or brake issue, so it's a good idea to have it looked at.

4. Greasy Shock/Struts

If you are able to look under your vehicle or have it up on blocks, just look at the shocks or struts. If they are oily or greasy, you may be leaking hydraulic fluid and it's a sign that your suspension components are getting worn out.

5. Uneven Tire Treads

This could be a sign of many different problems such as wheel alignment or not having your tires rotated regularly. Uneven tire tread wear can also be a result of bad suspension that may be putting more stress on one or two tires more than the others.

The Bounce Test

One simple test you can do while the car is parked is push down on the front end of your vehicle. Use all your weight and bounce it a few times. If it continues to bounce after you let go, then you likely have suspension issues. A good, healthy suspension will steady the car very quickly because that is what it is supposed to do.

If you think you might have suspension problems, let the auto repair experts at Bill's Quality Auto Care provide the suspension inspection, repair and maintenance services you need. We'll make sure your vehicle is handling properly and you get the smoothest ride possible. Call our Simi Valley auto shop today at (805) 387-9418 or set up your next appointment online.

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