Over the years, suspension systems have changed drastically even though vehicles have virtually always had one. Originally, they were made from wood and metal. Vehicles today come equipped with advanced suspension systems that make a ride along even the roughest road feel like a dream.
Car suspension systems still have wear parts that must eventually be replaced despite their advancement. The wear and tear of springs, shock absorbers, struts, ball joints, inner and outer tie rod ends, sway bar end links, and control arms occur over time.
Here's what you need to know about the suspension parts on your vehicle, the problems that may arise, and how to tell when a part is worn out.
There are 5 signs that your suspension parts are worn out
Suspension parts wear out for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few of the most common:
1. Poor Wheel Alignment
When your tires are improperly aligned, they put undue pressure on springs, control arms, and other suspension components. Getting ahead of the problem by seeing your local mechanic or tire center for a regular realignment is the best way to prevent poor wheel alignment entirely (potholes, curbs, and rough roads will cause misalignments).
2. Worn-out Shock Absorbers
These dampen vibrations. A worn-out suspension will cause the car to bounce and vibrate more as it travels down the road. Due to the worn-out shock absorbers, the tires are no longer kept on the pavement. Fortunately, the solution is simple - replace your shock absorbers and/or have their fluids refilled.
3. Weary struts
Struts and shocks absorbers are part of the suspension system of your vehicle. When you navigate bumps or similar obstacles, you may hear a knocking sound if your vehicle has struts. You should see your local mechanic as soon as possible if this occurs.
4. Your Car Drifts or Pulls to One Side
If your car drifting towards one side, it’s time to get your suspension system checked. It is better to address this issue immediately.
5. Listing to one Side or Another
If your car has started sitting lower on one of the sides while parked, it is recommended to visit an auto mechanic. This could be an indicator that some of the suspension component s are wearing out, or something is damaged or broken in the suspension system.
Your Cars suspension parts are durable, but they’re not wear-proof. Keeping this in mind, ensure you pass by FK Autoparts if you notice any of the above indicators of suspension damage.