Your car's suspension is what controls the feel of the ride when you're in the vehicle, including the bounce, jostle and sway of your vehicle. In fact, your suspension controls your car's ability to remain upright and balanced, so a suspension that's going bad could be a dangerous problem. Knowing how to tell when the suspension is having a problem is an important part of driving your car safely. The following warning signs will help you identify when your vehicle's suspension needs to be seen by a mechanic.
Too Much Bounce
Bouncing or jiggling too much while driving is good sign that the car's suspension is going bad, but many drivers will fail to notice a difference in handling that comes on over a long period of time. Those who notice may not be able to tell if the vibrations are a problem with the suspension or another part of the vehicle. A good way to distinguish an issue with the suspension is that the bounciness will be felt in the steering wheel.
You may also be able to detect a bounciness while the car is stationary. To test this, park the car in a safe location, stand at the end of the car and push down firmly on the bumper with your leg. The car should bounce once and then return to a more or less stationary state. If the car continues to bounce well after the initial up and down movement, then this is a sign that shocks (a part of the suspension) are in need of repair or replacement.
Sway During a Turn
During quick turns, you may notice that your vehicle pulls against the turn in the opposite direction, so that the car seems to tilt dangerously to one side. This inability to control the centrifugal forces of the vehicle is a definite indication of suspension problems, and if the problem becomes bad enough, could lead to your car turning over on the road.
Premature Tire Wear
A bad suspension could contribute to the premature wear and tear of your tires, causing a need for tire replacement early in the expected service life of the tire. If you find yourself needing to rotate the tires frequently due to uneven wear, have a mechanic inspect your vehicle's suspension.
Dip Forward During a Stop
Your vehicle may dip forward when it comes to a full stop. The more serious the condition of the vehicle's suspension, the more this may feel like a nose dive instead of a dip.
If you suspect that your auto suspension is going bad, now is the time to contact a reputable mechanic in your area, such as Eastern Spring Works Inc, for more information and a diagnosis of the issue.