Investigating suspension problems
Investigating suspension problems in a vehicle is crucial for maintaining safety, comfort, and overall performance.
When suspension issues arise, they can lead to a variety of problems, including uneven tyre wear, poor handling, and a bumpy/rough ride. Here’s some information on how to investigate suspension problems:
Start by conducting a visual inspection of the vehicle. Look for any visible signs of damage, such as bent or broken components, oil leaks, or damaged shock absorbers. Inspect the tyres for irregular wear patterns, which can be an indicator of suspension problems.
To check the shock absorbers, perform a bounce test. Push down on each corner of the vehicle and release it. The car should bounce back to its normal position and settle within one or two bounces. Excessive bouncing or a lack of rebound can indicate worn-out shocks.
Steering and Handling
Pay attention to how the vehicle handles during normal driving. If you notice excessive body roll when cornering, a loose or vague steering feel, or difficulty maintaining control, these can be signs of suspension issues.
Listen for any unusual noises while driving, such as clunks, squeaks, or rattles. These noises can be indicative of worn-out or damaged suspension components.
Improper wheel alignment can result from suspension issues. Have the vehicle’s wheel alignment checked regularly. Misaligned wheels can lead to uneven tire wear and handling problems.
Inspect the tires for signs of uneven wear. If you notice that the tread is more worn on one side or the middle, it can be a sign of suspension problems.
Check for Leaks
Look for leaks around the shock absorbers or struts. Oil or fluid leaks are a clear sign of a problem with these components, and they should be replaced.
Suspension Component Inspection
Inspect key suspension components, such as control arms, ball joints, tie rods, and bushings. Look for signs of wear, damage, or play in these parts. A mechanic can perform a more detailed inspection if necessary.
Take the vehicle for a test drive on a variety of road surfaces. Pay attention to how it handles, any unusual vibrations, and whether the steering feels loose or unresponsive.
Consult us at Crescent Motors! Investigating suspension problems can be tricky and if you suspect a more complex issue, it’s best to consult a professional vehicle technician. We have plenty! One of our team can perform a thorough inspection and use specialised tools to diagnose and fix the problem accurately. As a Burton garage we’d love to be able to help you so don’t worry if your suspension isn’t behaving as it should be!
Suspension problems should not be ignored, as they can compromise your safety and the vehicle’s performance. Regular maintenance and prompt investigation of any issues can help ensure a smooth and safe driving experience.