What To Keep An Eye On
Your vehicle’s suspension is designed to sustain a comfortable and controlled driving experience by maximizing the friction between the roadway and the tires and reducing shock. While all encompassed under the title of suspension, this critical system is made up of several components that work in tandem to provide you with the best ride. Unfortunately, as any Haver’s Auto Repair technician in Elkhorn, Nebraska, will tell you, suspension repair is inevitable, especially in older vehicles, and six essential parts are likely to wear more often than others.
Dampers are more commonly referred to as shock absorbers. Shocks help to create a smooth ride, when they wear down or when they present with fluid leaks, you will notice every dip and bump in the road.
Springs hold the weight of the car. When they wear down or fail, you will likely notice that one corner of your vehicle is lower than the others. If you don’t trust your vision, you can measure to confirm.
3. Ball Joints
Ball joints are the pivot points for the wheels. If you are hearing a lot of squeaking or creaking as you drive and make turns, that is a good sign the joints need replacing.
4. Wheel Alignment
Wheel alignment can get messed up through normal driving. Hitting potholes or curbs can throw things out of whack. However, merely getting the wheels realigned will not fix other issues. Therefore, when taking your car in for a realignment, consider having the suspension checked as well.
Some vehicles have struts instead of shock absorbers. If you hear knocking when you are driving over a rough road, then that is a good sign that something is wrong, and it should be checked immediately.
6. Control Arms
Control arms are responsible for holding the wheels to the frame and connecting the steering to the wheels. While components of control arms are more likely to wear out in front-wheel-drive cars than rear-wheel-drive, if you hear clunks or rattling or experience imprecise or loose steering, then take your vehicle in for repair.
How long has it been since you have had your suspension checked out? Are you experiencing any problems while driving? If you are, then contact Haver’s Auto Repair and schedule an appointment.