Roads in Iowa are notoriously rough with lots of potholes – especially after extreme storms and winter. The roads can tear up your car and truck's shocks and struts over time. Although your car and truck can absorb these jolts, it isn't completely immune to the beating. You will eventually notice that these thrashings are taking a toll on your vehicle's suspension.
Usually, a car's strut or shocks can withstand this type of wear and tear for around fifty thousand miles. Still, after that, the suspension starts to weaken. It will become bouncy and might make odd noises even if you drive on a smooth road.
Here are a few signs that you should keep in mind about your car’s suspension so that you can contact a mechanic if you think your car’s suspension needs repairs.
1. Hearing Squeaks Over Bumps
Do you hear squeaky noises whenever your car goes over speed-breakers or bumps? If yes, it means the shock absorber is wearing down.
You will also notice that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep your vehicle under control. Every speed bump will become an issue for your car and it will make noises more often. If your car is making more and more noises and is harder to control, it's time to contact a mechanic to replace your shock absorbers.
2. Feeling The Bumps On The Road
A common sign of a worn-out suspension system is a rough ride. Driving on small bumps or pits in the road becomes difficult because of the sound your car makes and the difficulty you have while driving through them. Most of the time, the issue is with the piston-cylinder assembly, and it requires immediate repair to make the vehicle ride properly again.
3. One Side Of The Car Sits Lower Than The Other
Sometimes, you might not hear squeaky noises over bumps. But you see that one side of the car sits lower than the other when you park. This is a sign of broken springs on one side. This means your vehicle's suspension spring is worn out or broke and needs replacement because it can't support the vehicle's weight anymore.
4. Steering Becomes Increasingly Difficult
Another sign that your car needs suspension repair is when you deal with problems steering the vehicle -- even at low speeds. This means that the suspension is lagging and either needs oiling or specific parts of the suspension system needs replacement.
The suspension system is one of the most crucial parts of your vehicle that allows you to drive smoothly and safely. If you notice any of the signs above, contact Big Jim's Automotive and make an appointment to get your vehicle's suspension looked at and repaired if needed.