A vehicle’s suspension system is made up of shock absorbers (or shocks) and springs. The springs are responsible for suspending the car’s weight to ‘bounces’ over bumps and uneven surfaces. On the other hand, the shocks are rigid components that limit the overall sway or movement of the vehicle. Thus, a malfunctioning suspension system decreases control over the vehicle, leading to dangerous driving situations and accidents. An efficient suspension system allows for easier handling and reliable steering for a more relaxed drive every time. CRS Automotive Hamilton recommends conducting periodic inspections of your vehicle’s suspension system for better driving:
Pay attention to the following
Driving your car also means keeping an eye out for red flags or inconsistencies that may require immediate action. Some of the issues that point towards a damaged or malfunctioning suspension system include:
When the shocks of the suspension system are damaged or worn out, most often, the vehicle nose-dives or lunges forward when the brakes are applied firmly. This can lead to accidents as a lousy suspension system can increase the braking time by almost 20 percent, this dipping of the car when braking is a huge red flag that must be inspected immediately.
Seasoned drivers who are in tune with their vehicles can almost ‘feel’ if their suspension system is off as they begin feeling every bump on the road. Small bumps and uneven surfaces cause the vehicle to bounce, leading to a more uncomfortable and rough drive. The damaged shock absorbers of the suspension system are unable to keep the tires planted onto the road, leading to more bouncing and shaking while driving.
If your vehicle has struts instead of shock absorbers, keep an ear out for a knocking sound while driving over bumps. This is a sure sign of a worn-out suspension system. In cases where one corner of your vehicle sits low or sags, push your weight down on the boot. If you hear a creaking or squeaking noise, this may be a sign your suspension needs to be inspected. Damaged or worn-out springs may also result in clunking sounds, especially when driving on uneven surfaces or potholes. The bottom line is this: if your car cannot absorb the shocks of driving, it may result in unusual sounds that an experienced mechanic must inspect.
Thus, if you notice any red flags above, contact CRS Automotive Hamilton immediately to get your suspension system inspected and serviced for safe and comfortable driving.