Minor suspension problems can turn into major ones in no time. Major suspension problems can mean expensive auto repairs. Avoid this by paying attention to what your European automobile is telling you. If there is something going on with the suspension, you’ll notice one or more of the five signs below. Once you first notice the sign, bring your vehicle into Eurozone Motors.
1. Problems Driving Straight
No matter what make and model you drive, your vehicle will go straight when the steering wheel is at 12 o’clock. If your automobile pulls to the side, your wheel alignment is off. Test your alignment by driving straight on a flat roadway and briefly letting go of your steering wheel. Did you need to grab your steering wheel quickly because the car headed left or right? Something’s going on underneath the car.
2. Problems With a Bumpy Ride
You will feel major bumps on the road; there’s no avoiding that. You shouldn’t have a rough and bumpy drive on your normal commute, however – unless you drive on dirt roads. If you’ve noticed your ride is rough lately, chances are your struts and shocks are going bad. Test them by pushing up and down a few times on the front and back of your car. If your vehicle keeps bouncing, you need to replace them.
3. Problems With How Your Car Sits
Your suspension has springs, and if one of them gets damaged or breaks, you’ll notice your car sitting low on that corner. For example, if your front passenger wheel spring breaks, your vehicle will lean toward the front passenger side when parked. Get this checked out as soon as possible because a broken spring or blown shock, which can also cause this problem in the rear, can further damage your suspension.
4. Problems With Your Vehicle’s Momentum
Your vehicle’s suspension, specifically the shocks and struts, controls its momentum. Any problem with the shocks and struts can affect your car’s momentum, so pay attention to how your vehicle moves when you go, stop, and turn. When you press on the accelerator, your vehicle should not lean backward. It shouldn’t lean forward you brake or lean to the side when you turn a corner, either.
5. Problems With the Steering
Finally, problems steering your car indicate an issue with the steering system which is part of your vehicle’s suspension. In most cases, the problem is low power steering fluid. But if you feel your steering wheel give when you turn it or hear clicking or grinding sounds, you’ve got something else going on. It could be the power steering belt, pump, or control arm bushings.
Don’t cause further damage to your European automobile’s suspension. Bring it into Eurozone Motors in Los Angeles, CA, at the first sign of trouble. Call us to set up an appointment.