As you all can imagine, if most of your driving is done on smooth highways and roads, your car’s suspension will last a lot longer. But I’m sure you know that most roads and highways are anything but smooth, they’re usually extremely rough, especially with all the road construction that is taking place. As drivers, we are always trying to avoid potholes and other hazards in the road. These conditions can wreak havoc on your car’s suspension.
After so many years and miles of hazardous driving your vehicle’s suspension system components will wear out, but how long that takes depends on how well you take care of your car’s suspension. In addition to wearing out, a car’s suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock on a bumpy road.
Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends periodic inspections. During an inspection, your knowledgeable Express Car Care service adviser will check for worn, broken or missing parts.
Signs for drivers that shocks or struts are wearing out: the vehicle’s tires may have a cupped wear pattern. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. Drivers may notice a floating or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your car dives excessively when stopping or rocks back and forth after you stop, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come see us at Express Car Care in Denver for a suspension inspection, also if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your vehicle’s wheels. Worn or broken shocks can cause premature wear or failure on other suspension parts such as ball joints and other steering components as well. If your car’s suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so let Express Car Care take care of your car’s suspension.
When drivers replace their vehicle shocks, it’s usually best to replace all four at the same time. That provides more even handling. Be sure to consult with your service adviser because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all of them may be the safest bet.