The vehicle's suspension (i.e., shocks, shock absorbers or struts) are some things often taken for granted. However, after shouldering plenty of weight for years with several strong jerks along the way, eventually they're going to wear out and suspension repair are going to be necessary. Some people mistakenly believe the suspension is only about having a smooth ride, and thus these aren't as important as other parts like oil changes or brakes. However, having a broken or faulty suspension can greatly affect one’s ability to steer the vehicle, especially while stopping or turning, so it's in your best interest to not ignore this as a part of auto maintenance.
So question is how does one identify if the suspension needs repair. Let’s discuss 6 common signs that will help you identify the problem.
1. Rough Car Ride
Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out once they begin to feel every bump on the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to "bounce." A rough ride is a clear sign that your vehicle's suspension needs attention and maybe repair or replacement.
2. Car Drift or Pull during turns
With a failing suspension , you'll often feel the vehicle "drift" or "pull" when you're turning. This basically means the shocks are not any longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. Its time to seek a mechanics help if you are facing the issue of drift or pull to one side. It may pose a serious safety threat if not rectified at the earliest.
3. The "nose dives" while stopping
When the shocks are wiped out , you're likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first once you apply the brakes firmly. this will actually affect your ability to prevent the car quickly (a bad suspension can increase stop time by up to twenty percent).
4. Uneven wearing out of tire treads
A glance at your tires and you will notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice balding spots, this is often a symbol that the suspension isn't holding the car evenly, and thus putting uneven pressure on the tires leading to the tire’s uneven wear out.
5. Damaged, "oily" shocks
If you'll look under the vehicle, take a glance directly at the shocks or struts. If they appear greasy or oily, there is a good chance that they're leaking fluid and thus aren't working properly. It's probably time to urge those shocks replaced.
6. The "bounce test"
If you think your suspension goes bad (perhaps thanks to one or more of the symptoms mentioned above), do this simple test. Take the car in an open area a park or parking lot, try to put pressure on the front of the vehicle with all of your weight, "bounce" it a couple of times, then release. Repeat the exercise again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce 2-3 times after the pressure is released, the suspension is wearing out.