Your vehicle's suspension system is more than just a convenience. Sure, it helps create a smoother ride for you and your passengers, but that is just one small part of what it does. It makes the car much safer to drive with better performance and handling. It also protects other systems and components like the wheels, brakes, tires, axles, differentials and other drivetrain parts.
If your suspension system is damaged or weak, it can lead to all sorts of handling problems and potentially other automotive damage that is expensive to repair. At the first sign of any suspension issues, you will want to turn to your local automotive shop for a professional inspection and diagnosis.
Here are some common signs of suspension problems, according to the Fairbanks, AK auto repair experts at Simard Automotive:
1. Vehicle Pulling to One Side
If your vehicle is pulling hard to one side or the other, it could be a suspension problem. One of your shocks or struts could be damaged, or there could be a hydraulic fluid leak that's weaking the shock absorbers. A pulling vehicle could also be the result of poor wheel alignment, uneven tire treads or air pressure, brake problems or power steering issues. Before the pulling gets really bad or dangerous, you will want to get your vehicle checked out by a professional mechanic.
2. Drifting on Corners
Again, this could be any number of automotive issues, but the suspension system is one likely culprit when the vehicle seems to drift on sharp corners. This is a dangerous situation, so you do not want to wait to get your suspension system and other components inspected.
3. Lurching and Lifting
If your car lurches forward significantly when you come to a stop or the front end lifts when you accelerate, it is likely a suspension problem.
4. Bumpy Ride
If you are driving and it feels like you hitting every single bump on the road, you will definitely want to get your suspension system inspected. Bumps, bounciness and vibrations are all common signs of damaged suspension parts.
5. Hydraulic Fluid Leaks
If you notice fluid leaking near your tires or you are able to view the shock absorbers and they look really dirty/greasy, this means the hydraulic fluid is probably leaking and that can lead to significant suspension damage if left ignored. Fluid on the ground by your tires could also be leaking brake fluid, as well, and that's not a good sign either. Any fluid leak should be taken seriously!
These are just a few of the common symptoms associated with a weak suspension system or damaged suspension components. If you are in the Fairbanks area and think you might have suspension problems, call either of Simard Automotive's two Fairbanks auto repair centers at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd.). You can also book your service appointment online for maximum convenience.