Checking Compromised Suspension Systems

One of the most difficult parts to troubleshoot in a vehicle is the suspension system. The symptoms can be pointed out easily but determining the source is another story. If you car has problems with the tie rods, shocks, ball joints, springs or struts, the vehicle is more likely not safe to be operated. The problem faced with wear and tear mostly stems from the fact that owners used to ignore the issue. For suspension systems, the following are signs that there is an existing problem that needs to be tackled.

  • If you are driving and the suspension system seems to be pulling the vehicle to either left or right, this is already a red flag. Diagnosis may not be possible unless a professional will have a look into it. Tire alignment is needed in this case. If the vehicle is pulling, it might be because the tire pressure or wear is not uniform, the alignment is wrong, the brake caliper is sticking or there is a problem with the steering rack/rods.
  • You might have to replace the suspension system’s struts/shocks if the driving experience is not as smooth as before. Feeling every bump on the road means there are issues with the suspension that need to be checked by a professional.
  • When standing on a level ground, the car must be of the same height all throughout. If one side is lower than the other, there is possible damage with the spring. When you tackle bumps, you might hear a clunking sound.
  • There are a number of issues that could indicate that the struts/shocks need to be replaced such as when the vehicle takes a nose dive while braking, the car is rolling side to side during cornering and if it squatting when accelerating.
  • Steering should not be a difficult process, if it is then the suspension systems should be checked out right away. Problems with steering can be associated with the following issues such as steering fluid has low power, the arm bushings are already worn out, the power steering belt is worn or loosely attached, the power steering rack is leaking or the power steering pump is faulty.

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