Your vehicle's suspension system not only provides a smoother ride when you are driving down the road, but it also helps other key components (engine, transmission, drive train, wheels, etc.) from absorbing too many shocks and bumps. If your suspension system isn't working properly, you will be able to feel it and you should have it checked out by an auto repair expert as soon as possible.
Here are some of the most common signs of suspension problems:
Car is Drifting or Pulling Hard to One Side
If your car feels like it is drifting more than usual around corners, or it pulls hard to one side when you are trying to drive straight down the freeway, then you may have a suspension or wheel alignment issue that is worth getting inspected before it develops into a major problem.
Uneven Tire Treads
Severely uneven tire treads are also a sign of a suspension and/or wheel alignment problem. Rotating them regularly will help even them out over time, but they will wear out quicker than they should. Get your wheel alignment checked and have your suspension inspected by a professional.
If it feels like you are hitting every single bump in the road or your car is vibrating an unusual amount during regular driving, there's a good chance you are dealing with a suspension issue.
Greasy Shocks or Struts
If you are able to look under your car and notice that your shocks or struts are very greasy or dirty, it may be a sign that there is a hydraulic fluid leak or some other suspension problem that you will want to have fixed.
Front End Dips
If your front end dips hard when you come to stops, then there is very likely an issue with your front suspension.
Try the Bounce Test
One simple suspension test you can try at home is called the "bounce test." Put all your weight on the front end of your car and bounce it up and down a few times. If the car stops bouncing quickly, that's what it's supposed to do. If it keeps bouncing after you let go, then your suspension system is a concern.
For all your suspension system inspection, repair and preventative maintenance needs in the Bay Area, call San Francisco Automotive Solutions at (415) 957-1170 or schedule your service appointment online. We're here to help with all your suspension problems. Our technicians will identify any potential issues, make quality repairs backed by warranty and get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible!