The suspension system is essential to ensure that riding in your car is as smooth an experience as is possible. Many of us take the comfort that a functioning suspension system offers for granted, that is until we develop a problem, or the suspension wears out and suddenly we really feel every bump in the road. The shocks and struts will inevitably wear out over time. They need to support the several tons of metal, year after year. So, a suspension repair will eventually be necessary, and it is something that you want to get done at the earliest opportunity, preferably before the system fails altogether.
Many people misunderstand suspension. It serves a function beyond just making the ride more comfortable. If suspension fails, then the driver can lose control of their vehicle entirely. Obviously, this is something that needs to be avoided at all costs. As a matter of safety then, you should familiarize yourself with the common signs that something is amiss in your suspension system.
The Car Rides Rough
This is the most common, and one of the most noticeable, symptoms of a failing suspension. If you are used to a silky-smooth ride and then suddenly, you find that you are feeling every little bump in the road, this is indicative of your suspension beginning to wear out. Sometimes, this issue manifests itself by making the car ‘bounce’ after each bump. In either case, a rough ride is a sign that you need to get your suspension checkedat the next opportunity. Check out this blog post from ryangmw.com for more information about suspension issues, specifically in a BMW.
Drifting or Pulling When Turning
This is another very noticeable symptom of the suspension wearing out. If your suspension is working as it should then it will allow you to make turns smoothly and without any fuss. However, when the suspension begins to fail, you will start to notice that the car is more prone to drifting or pulling. This is because the shocks are no longer doing their job of keeping the car’s body stable and resisting the centrifugal force of the turn. This can be a serious problem, as it makes the car more prone to rolling, so be very careful if you notice this issue in cold, icy weather.
Dips and Nose Dives When Stopping
When the shocks become worn out, the driver is more likely to feel the car lurching forward and downward when the brakes are pressed firmly. This isn’t just uncomfortable; it is a serious safety issue as it impedes the vehicle’s ability to stop quickly and suddenly. Some studies suggest that a failing suspension system can increase the time it takes to come to a stop by as much as 20%.
If you suspect that your car’s suspension is beginning to fail or show signs of wear and tear, you should take it to an auto repair shop as soon as possible. Do not take any chances with a failing suspension and remember that it is a safety issue as much as a comfort issue.