Maintaining Your Car’s Suspension

You’re one of those drivers who meticulously maintain their vehicle. You change the oil as soon as the service message appears. You check the tire pressure every month, and you rotate them at least twice a year. In other words, you check everything that you can see.

The vehicle’s underside is also important?

But do you regularly maintain the equipment underneath your vehicle? For example, your suspension system? This is an important component for smooth operation of your car. Without one, or with one that is damaged, your daily driving trips are difficult to handle on even the smoothest surfaces.

How do you know when the suspension system is damaged?

The simplest answer is your drive is a lot rougher. The longer answer is it can occur suddenly or gradually depending on the situation. If your commute is mainly on highways, then your suspension system will start to erode slowly.

However, if you drive on uneven surfaces or perhaps strike a pothole, then you could quickly lose suspension on one or all wheels. It depends on the strike point. When this occurs, you may feel the car slightly tilt to one side or rock up and down when you hit a rough patch of road or a speed bump. You will also hear an increasing squeak that comes from either the front or back end.

How to determine the extent of the damage?

You can definitely jack up the car and roll under it to see if the suspension canisters or hoses are cracked. However, if you feel uncomfortable doing this, then the easiest test is to push down on your car’s front and back ends.

If you push down and it comes back up once with little bouncing or sound, this means the suspension is working. However, if it … Read More

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