Suspension System Problems

Are you noticing suspension system problems with your vehicle? Don't ignore them. Your suspension system doesn't just give you a smooth ride, it also helps to keep your car in control. Damaged shocks can lead to a loss of control and be dangerous to yourself and others on the road. In this post, we will look at what a car's suspension system does and help you to recognize the signs that your suspension needs repairs.  If you think that your suspension needs maintenance, bring your vehicle to the experts at Hansma Automotive.


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What Is a Suspension System?

Your vehicle's suspension system is made up of components called springs, shock absorbers (also called struts on some vehicles), anti-roll bars, control arms (hinges that connect the wheels to the frame and connect the steering to the wheels), etc. The purpose of the suspension system is to give you a comfortable, smooth ride. It also helps the vehicle to keep all four tires in constant contact with the surface of the road, giving the driver greater control.  In addition, it can protect parts on the underside of your vehicle from coming in contact with the road. For a detailed explanation of how your car's suspension system works, watch the following video.

How To Know When Your Suspension System Needs Repair

Here are 4 ways you can tell when your suspension system needs repair. All these tests will only take a few minutes.

1. Do a "Bounce" Test - When your car is in park press down on the front with all of your weight several times then release. Repeat on the rear of the vehicle. If it continues to "bounce" more than 2 or three times after releasing, then your suspension is wearing out. 

2.  Greasy Shocks - Take a look under your vehicle at the shocks. If they appear greasy or oily then they may be leaking fluid and will probably need to be replaced. Depending on the vehicle, this can cost anywhere from $300 to $600.

3.  Vehicle Dips When Stopping - If your vehicle lurches forward nose-first when you firmly apply the brakes, then your shocks may be worn out. Worn shocks can increase your stoppage time by up to 20%, so it's very important to have them replaced.

4.  Uneven Tire Treads - If you notice uneven tread wear or bald spots on your tires, it could mean that the suspension isn't holding the car evenly on the road.

5.  Bumpy Ride - A sure sign that your suspension is going is when you begin to feel every bump in the road or if going over bumps makes the vehicle bounce.

If you notice any of these signs with your vehicle, then it is time to get your suspension checked out by a professional. Come and see the experts at Hansma Automotive at 88 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener, Ontario. We will take a look at your vehicle and repair only what needs fixing. We have a reputation for honesty and quality service.

Understanding A Suspension System
Common Suspension Problems
Troubleshooting Problems With Steering And Suspension
6 Signs Your Car Needs Suspension Repair
Watch Out For These Steering And Suspension System Warning Signs
Suspension photo - By Hustvedt (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Suspension Diagram - By Arnero (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Posted on August 15, 2016 .