Your suspension works in-conjunction with your tyres and brakes to ensure you have a smooth journey on the road. Over time you’ll start to notice that the ride in your vehicle changes. A common factor here is your shock absorbers which are becoming worn.
Here are some facts you might not be aware of
- Worn shock absorbers can add up to 2 metres to your braking distance;
- Gradual wear may not be noticeable until your suspension/shock absorbers brake;
- Your road handling will become ineffective if your suspension/shock absorbers are worn.
You if you are noticing any change in the way your vehicle handles, is bumpy over normal roads or you haven’t had your suspension checked for a while then why not call into to see us? We’ll look over your vehicle and give you a honest view of what the problem could be.
Experts recommend replacing shocks every 50,000 miles, but a great deal depends on how you treat your vehicle’s suspension. Are you logging all those miles on the placid interstate, or are you off-roading on winding dirt roads through the untamed wild? Well, before that point, unusual suspension noises or excessive bounce or sway may indicate it’s time to replace those shocks.
Yes it does. These will be inspected to check:
- their condition
- steering oil level
- they work correctly
- for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses
- that the steering lock mechanism works properly
The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the electronic power steering and steering lock.
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.
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.
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 (a bad suspension can increase stop time by up to 20 percent).
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. It’s probably time to get those shocks replaced.
Try the "bounce test"
If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), 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.
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