Your suspension system is what keeps your tires connected to your vehicle and your vehicle in contact with the road. It’s what allows your car to stay upright, properly perform turns and also minimizes any jarring when you run over something large like a speed bump or a pot hole. As you can imagine, your suspension system is extremely important and if not running properly, could affect the safety of your vehicle.
There are some key signs to look out for that may indicate that something could be wrong with your suspension system, such as:
- If your car is constantly bouncing up and down, especially after hitting a bump, stopping or turning.
- Your car is not sitting level or is sitting lopsided.
- Your car automatically drifts into another lane when you’re going straight. This may indicate pulling in your suspension.
- Uneven wear on your tires. This includes spotty wear patters, the outside on the tires being worn more than the inside or vice versa, and bulges or flat spots.
- Squeaking, grinding, rattling or rhythmic noises coming from your wheel areas.
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Be sure to check your tire pressure. It’s not always your suspension that causes your vehicle to pull to one side when you’re driving down the road or have unusual wear and tear on a certain side of a tire. Having low tire pressure can cause the same symptoms. If one tire is low, the others must compensate for it.
Check your owner’s manual for specific information regarding your tire pressure and be sure to keep your tires up to par with the recommended amount of pressure.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, be sure to bring your car in to see a mechanic as soon as possible. At Elite, our certified technicians will be more than happy to do a complimentary inspection on your vehicle and get straight to the root of the problem. We’ll also do a 30 point inspection, which includes checking all tires, tire pressure, struts, brakes, brake pads, all fluids and much more.
We’re always here to help and answer any questions that you may have. You can call or stop by anytime!