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SUSPENSION REPAIR, STEERING CHECK-UP, SHOCKS REPLACEMENT
Our vehicle's suspension system (i.e., shocks or struts) is something we often take for granted. However, after supporting several tons of metal year after year, eventually, the shocks will wear out and suspension repair will be necessary. Some people mistakenly believe the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride, and therefore these repairs aren't as important as other maintenance issues like oil changes or brakes. However, having a bad suspension can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when stopping or turning, so it's in your best interest not to ignore this part of auto maintenance.
WHAT ARE STEERING AND SUSPENSION COMPONENTS?
The term “suspension” refers to all parts that connect the vehicle to the road. It is the system of the tire, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects your vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two.
Here are six signs your car needs suspension repair:
- Car rides roughly
- Drifting or pulling during turns
- Uneven tire treads
- Damaged shocks – Look under your car if possible, and if your shocks or struts look greasy or oily, then there’s a good chance that they are leaking fluid which will cause them to not work properly. It’s probably time to get those shocks replaced.
- Dips or “nose dives” when stopping
Tires aren’t always considered part of the suspension, but they’re arguably the most important component of it. Tires provide traction for acceleration, braking, and cornering, and they absorb small bumps.
Tires wear over time and are subject to cuts and punctures from hitting sharp objects and to slow or sudden leaks from impacts. On the other hand, wheels fail (from bending or cracking) much less often, usually only in response to hard impacts from accidents or hitting potholes.