For some car owners, the suspension (and by extension, its parts) tend to be an afterthought. But when a few tell-tale signs of a failing suspension appear, they should never be ignored. The suspension system is among the most important in your vehicle. If it fails, the safety of the vehicle is compromised.
Sheaff Vehicles discusses several signs of a failing suspension system, so you will know when to shop for new car parts.
Tilting To Either Side
If the vehicle seems to be tilting to one side on its own, there must be a problem with the suspension. A well-maintained suspension system keeps the vehicle balanced on either side of the wheels. Tilting might indicate collapsed springs, as well as general wear and tear in its advanced stage. While you can identify symptoms, only a mechanic can properly diagnose the problem. Do not waste time; take your car to a service shop for a professional check-up.
Wheel alignment is also indicates either a failing or a good suspension system. Wheels should satisfy three types of alignment: the camber, toe-in, and caster. Any deviation (even the slightest) from industrial standards means that the alignment and suspension is failing or already broken. This can cause severe problems with handling and may cause accidents.
It is never a matter of ‘getting used to’ as far as drivability is concerned. Misaligned wheels may cause the vehicle to veer to one side even though you are trying to keep it straight. The danger cannot be underestimated.
Too Much Bouncing While Driving
The suspension system’s job is to keep the driving experience comfortable. Too much bouncing (and an overall bumpy ride every time) is another symptom. Failing suspension springs on the shock absorbers are easier to compress. This does not work well in terms of absorbing the impact of potholes and such. Only an accredited car parts dealer can supply you with new ones and even help with installing replacements.
The condition and service life of your vehicle depends on how you take care of it. Keep an eye on these symptoms so you know what course of action to take.