Your vehicle's suspension keeps your ride smooth, so if you're noticing something isn't right, it might be time to swing into Big Jim's. Suspension consists of many parts that help your car handle bumps and smoothly take the curves.
If you experience strange vibrating or shaking when you brake, go over a bump, or anytime while driving, that is a sure sign that something is amiss and you need suspension repair. Sometimes your vehicle might pull to one side or seem to drift instead of remaining straight when the wheel is straight. This is another sign of suspension issues.
Parts of Suspension That Might Need Replacement
- Tie Rods
- Ball Joints
It's very important to take action if you suspect your struts are in need of repair because ignoring the issue could cause damage to other parts of your vehicle's suspension, your tires, and even the transmission. If you hear a knocking noise as you drive over bumps, or experience an uneven, rough ride in general, these could be symptoms of a broken or worn out strut.
Similarly to struts, when there's an abnormal vibration while you're driving, this could be due to worn out shock absorbers, also known as just shocks. Worn shocks can cause uneven wear on your tires, as well as a pull to either side, particularly while braking. If the front end seems to take a nosedive when you brake, or it takes longer to brake than usual, this is also a sign you should have an expert take a look at your shocks.
When a tie rod needs examining, you might experience a shaking in the steering wheel as you accelerate. You may also notice that the vehicle pulls to one side when the steering wheel is pointed straight. You might also look at your tires, if they show excessive wear on the inner or outer edge, this is a sign of a tie rod issue.
Experiencing a clunk when you go over bumps, potholes, or when making turns? That's a sure sign of something wrong with your suspension, likely a ball joint. When they wear out, ball joints tend to become loose in the socket, hence the rattling or clunking noise. As with many other suspension parts, you may also experience drifting and vibration through the steering wheel due to a worn ball joint.
Many different parts of your vehicle's suspension can cause similar symptoms, so if you're noticing any of the issues described above, bring your car or truck in for us to have a look. Stop on over to Big Jim's today!