Suspension problems can be tricky to diagnose. Often, suspension problems will build up slowly over time and can go unnoticed until they have caused serious damage to your vehicle. With proper care and maintenance, your vehicle’s suspension system will provide a comfortable and safe driving experience under all conditions. Let’s look at how to tell if your vehicle has suspension problems:
Failing Shock Absorbers
Shock absorbers are designed to dampen the excessive movement and bouncing caused by various road conditions. When your shock absorbers are failing, it might feel like your car is bouncing or swaying as you drive. One way to test your shock absorbers is to push down on the hood of your vehicle while it is parked. If your vehicle bounces more than a couple of times, this could be a sign that your shock absorbers are failing.
To provide added cushioning and support while you drive, your wheels are attached to the car body with springs. When these springs wear out, they will fail to provide adequate support while your drive. You can tell if your springs are faulty by measuring to see if your car has sunk below its factory recommended curb height.
Broken Ball Joints
The ball joints connect the various parts of the front suspension system in your vehicle. Ball joints should provide you with smooth steering and drive feel. When your ball joints are broken or worn, you might hear clunking noises or feel vibrations when you turn the wheel while the car is in motion.
The ASE-certified technicians at Casey Automotive can diagnose and repair your vehicle’s suspension problems. If you are experiencing a rough or bumpy ride, we can repair or replace the components of your suspension system and make your car drive like new again. To learn more about how we can repair your faulty suspension, call our Palatine auto repair center at (847) 934-6602.