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Your vehicle will usually tell you. Here are six things to watch for.
1. Car rides roughly
Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to "bounce." A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle's suspension needs work.
2. Drifting or pulling during turns
With a failing suspension system, you'll often feel the vehicle "drift" or "pull" when you're turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. If you feel this sensation while turning, it's time to take the car to a trusted auto repair shop for servicing.
3. Dips or "nose dives" when stopping
When the shocks are worn out, you're likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly.
4. Uneven tire treads
Take a look at your tires. If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly or if you find balding spots, this is often a sign that something is wrong. If the suspension isn't holding the car evenly, it will put uneven amounts of pressure on the tires and cause them to wear faster than they should.
5. Damaged, "oily" shocks
If you can look under the vehicle, take a look directly at the shocks or struts. If they look greasy or oily, there's a good chance that they are leaking fluid and therefore aren't working properly.
6. Try the "bounce test"
If you suspect your suspension is going bad try this simple test. With the car in "park," press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, "bounce" it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.
For expert auto repair in the Albany area, trust the certified experts at Exit5 Auto. We have built a solid reputation for excellent customer service and trusted repairs at affordable rates. If you have any concerns about the way your vehicle runs, give us a call or stop by to see us today.
How do you know when it's time for suspension repair?