Your car’s suspension is one of the most important systems in your vehicle. It provides consistent braking and handling. Additionally, it also controls the bounce, acceleration, wheel alignment, power steering, drive, sway and roll.
Your suspension is made up of several components:
- The springs
- Shock absorbers
- Ball joints
- Stabilizer bar
- Lateral control rod
- Upper and lower arm
- Strut bar
- Knuckle arm
However, just like any part of your vehicle, the suspension can deteriorate, so it may need an upgrade at some point. Keep reading to find out about the common signs you should look out for, how to upgrade your suspension, and the benefits of having it revamped.
Signs That Your Vehicle’s Suspension Needs an Upgrade
Your car’s suspension system directly impacts your vehicle’s performance.
You will feel that something’s odd when you’re behind the wheel when it starts to wear out. Drivers may notice changes in a car’s load-carrying capability and handling, especially on rough or bumpy roads. If you notice any of the symptoms below, you may require a vehicle upgrade.
Sub-Par Road Performance
One of the most obvious signs is the sub-par performance you feel when you drive. Sometimes you find it difficult to steer, accompanied by unusually bumpy rides. You may also feel a certain pull or drift when you turn a corner. Another indication is continued bouncing after going over some bumps on the road.
Another symptom to look out for is a noticeable dip when you hit the brakes. In worse situations, you may even experience erratic braking. Again, it may be an issue with the brake system, so have it checked along with the other components.
In addition, this nose-diving effect can also indicate worn-out shock absorbers, so it is best to have a mechanic inspect your vehicle as soon as possible.
Sagging in the Rear or on One Side
One of the clear indicators to watch out for is sagging when your car is parked. It doesn’t matter if your vehicle is carrying a huge load. It will sag either to one side or at the back. You can test your vehicle by adding and reducing the load your vehicle is carrying.
You can also notice your car sagging when it’s towing something. There will be less stability on the road, which can compromise your safety when traveling. Some may suspect their vehicle’s power steering to be the problem, but it is best to bring your car to the shop to be sure.
If you hear a squealing sound, you can apply belt dressing to eliminate the annoying noises.
Unusual Wear on Tires
A vehicle’s suspension system is designed to maximize tire contact with the road. It helps provide a smooth ride no matter what surface you will be driving on. However, when it degrades or has become faulty, it can cause unpredictable handling, and drivers will experience an excessive bounce, which can cause unusual wear on a vehicle’s tires.
Drivers will find that certain sections of the tires will have excessive wear. This condition can require immediate tire replacement sooner than scheduled. Excessive tire wear can also indicate a problem with the brake system, so have a mechanic inspect the tires and brakes and, if needed, do a vehicle upgrade.
Clunking Noises When Going Over Speed Bumps and Rough Roads
Sometimes you hear clunking or knocking noises after your car goes over a speed bump, potholes and rough parts of the road. These noises can come from the struts or other parts of your car’s suspension system.
Sometimes the knocking sounds can come from the vehicle’s front or rear, indicating a bottoming out of support components. Ignoring the noises can lead to more serious conditions over time, like problems with the brake system.
When you experience these symptoms on a classic ride, vintage ride or even in a brand-new car, it’s likely time for an upgrade.
Some of the conditions mentioned earlier are dangerous and can lead to accidents.
Benefits of a Car Suspension Upgrade
We don’t recommend car owners perform a car DIY upgrade unless they have the tools and technical know-how. It is always best to leave it to seasoned professionals to do the job efficiently.
Here are a few key benefits if you let the certified mechanics work on your vehicle’s suspension:
- Improved Braking: Better parts translate to improvements in your vehicle’s braking and stability. You’ll get a better driving experience minus the erratic stopping and swerving. For continued maintenance, grab VOC-compliant, non-chlorinated brake parts cleaner to remove contaminants from all brake parts going forward.
- Better Handling: An upgrade can also improve handling, which gives drivers better control. After checking the suspension components, mechanics can inspect other parts, such as the power steering. They may recommend replacing the power steering fluid with a formula that improves the responsiveness and smoothness of your car’s steering.
- Increased Load Capacity: An improved load can help your car perform better when you have to move furniture to a new house or haul materials and equipment from work. In addition, you don’t have to worry about your car sagging to one side while driving.
- Improves Longevity: An upgrade extends your vehicle’s service life. The suspension is made of multiple components that impact the chassis, tires and brakes. Proper maintenance using a professional silicone spray helps lubricate all the moving parts, too. In addition, you get long-term savings since you don’t have to spend on replacements constantly.
Routine Maintenance After the Suspension Upgrade
Your car’s suspension will need an upgrade and a few replacement parts when components start to wear out. Also, as your vehicle gets older, expect the leaf springs and other parts to give. You should also consider an upgrade if you want to go off-roading or drifting.
After the necessary replacements, your car’s suspension system components will need routine maintenance to ensure your vehicle performs optimally every time you drive. Make sure you have all the necessary tools and maintenance supplies to keep components in tip-top shape.
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