Triangle Radiator & Auto Service – Affordable Service for Cars and Trucks – A Look at Common Suspension Problems
A vehicle’s suspension system is built to optimize the friction between the road and the vehicle’s tires, as well as improve driver comfort and steering stability. Suspension components like springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars and the control arms take a lot of punishment from potholes, crossing railroad tracks, road salt, gravel and the other forms of debris commonly encountered on road surfaces.
A Look at Common Suspension Problems
In this post, we’ll take a look at a few problems you might observe if your vehicle’s suspension needs service:
The wheels are out of alignment: The wheels must be pointed in the right direction and in correct alignment. If they are not, your vehicle’s steering will not be centered properly as you are driving and tire wear will take its toll quickly. Wheels get bumped out of alignment by striking potholes and curbs but putting them back into proper alignment won’t resolve damaged springs or other components affecting alignment. When you purchase new tires, it’s recommended that you have the alignment tested so suspension problems don’t cut short tread life.
Shock absorbers: When shock absorbers wear out, you will probably notice that your vehicle seems to be “bouncing” after traveling over a bump on a rough road. Shock absorbers contain a fluid that lessens the bouncing, and if they form a leak, suspension performance will rapidly degrade.
Struts: If your car or truck’s suspension has struts instead of shock absorbers, a knocking noise when driving over bumps or potholes are a frequent sign of trouble. The strut assembly is a critical aspect of the suspension system in cars, SUVs and trucks. If you suspect a problem with your vehicle’s suspension see your mechanic at Triangle Radiator & Auto Service as soon as possible.