The suspension system of your vehicle is responsible for a smooth and controlled ride. The purpose of your vehicle’s suspension is to maximize the friction between the tyres and the road to provide a stable steer and proper handling. However, individuals often limit the importance of suspensions only to the extent of providing comfort to the passengers and restricting the impact of rough roads both to the car and passengers.
You must ensure that your vehicle’s suspension system is in good shape and properly aligned to the chassis. Worn suspension components reduce the vehicle stability and control. A few worn out components also induce wear on other suspension system components.
Sundar Tyres have some of the industry’s best technicians that have extensive experience and dealing with suspension related issues. However, as a vehicle owner, it’s your job to keep a check on the condition of your vehicle’s suspension system for possible issues. Here are some common issues you might notice if your suspension is in need of a repair.
- Wheel Misalignment: Vehicle owners often do not think about their wheels when there is a problem with suspensions but they should. If the wheels are not pointed in the right direction, your steering won’t be centered and tyre wear will increase. This will put stress on suspension system and it will also suffer. However, despite being a primary reason for suspension system issues, do not expect the problem to be resolved by addressing only the alignment issue. You have to concentrate on the suspension alignment separately for a complete solution.
- Shock Absorbers: In a nutshell, these are the dampers that control the effect of bumps in a ride. You may notice more bouncing after a bump and a whole lot of shaking on rough roads as these wear out. Once the fluid in the shock absorbers starts to leak, suspension performance will deteriorate.
- Struts: These are the telescopic suspension commonly found in many vehicle suspension systems. Hearing a knocking sound on a bump means trouble for your suspension. The strut assembly is a vital element of the suspension system and if it fails, you may not be able to drive your car safely.
- Springs: These are also an important part of your car suspension. Springs hold the weight of the car and as they wear, they can break. One corner of your vehicle is lower than the others on a level ground, is a sign of a damaged spring. You can measure the height of the corners from the ground to clear your doubts. Clunking noises over bumps and poor cornering are the results of a damaged spring which cannot control the weight of the vehicle.
- Ball joints: These are pivot points that attach the suspension to the wheels. These absorb some of the shocks through their up-down movement and rotate as the steering angle changes. Hearing squeaky and creaking noises means they need to be replaced.