A car’s suspension is the part that keeps our ride smooth, and when it comes to fixing it, sometimes we wait a while before getting it attended to.
However, your car’s suspension system can have a huge impact on your car’s overall health. If you are uncertain whether it’s in the best condition, here are some pointers you need to look out for.
Strange noises cropping up while you’re driving is never a good sign, and is very often an indicator of something acting up. With regards to your suspension system’s overall health, you should listen out for these sounds:
If you hear a knocking sound when your car is turning the corner, or hitting a speed bump, it could be because of worn out shocks that cause the car’s coil springs to vibrate against its chassis.
- Squeaks and grunts
If your car is making grunting or squeaking sounds when you’re going over bumps or turning, it could be a result of your front steering mechanism that’s wearing out. Be sure to have this checked out, since continued damage could result in you losing control of the car’s steering.
- Unoiled door hinges
If your car goes over bumps, and rocks up and down, or moves to the side, and you hear a sound that’s close to a rusty or unoiled door hinge opening up, it might be a sign that the ball joints in your car’s suspension system is on its way out.
Your car’s suspension system is a complicated part of your car, which means there are parts that can give out which don’t make a specific noise. Keep your ears pitched for general rattling sounds when the suspension comes into use, as you’ve probably guessed from the above, this is often the case when turning a corner, or going over a speed bump. If the rattling sounds persist, be sure to get to your local mechanic, as it might be indicative of a systemic issue.
The suspension system in your car is largely in charge of keeping your car’s tyres on the road, while also ensuring you have a smooth ride. This means that if you encounter any issues, however small, you should consider having them checked out by immediately a reliable and trusted mechanic.