Everything on your car starts wearing out the moment you drive it away from the dealership. But perhaps few things are as neglected as the suspension. The suspension affects not only the ride experience, but the amount of wear and tear the rest of your car experiences.
What Problems to Watch Out For
In a modern car, less maintenance is required in the first 50,000 miles or so. Older cars required greasing and frequent shock absorber replacement. They were more likely to get out of alignment. Their narrower tires and higher center of gravity made them more susceptible to problems.
But that doesn’t mean that a newer car never needs suspension maintenance. You should take it in for suspension work Lakewood CO as it ages and keep an eye on all your components like shocks or struts, springs, and control arms. Potholes, rutted roads, salt, and railroad tracks are just a few of the factors that are working against your suspension every day.
What Happens When You Neglect Your Suspension
The suspension system in your car helps protect the rest of the car (and you) from road shock. When it can no longer do its job effectively, the alignment problems, bouncing, and sagging will start affecting other things. Your brakes depend on solid contact between your tires and the road. Your struts not only dampen the road shock, they connect your steering mechanism with the front wheels. They can break catastrophically on the road if neglected, so if you start hearing knocking or clunking noises over bumps, get the car straight to a shop.
Front-wheel-drive vehicles are particularly prone to suspension problems that affect steering, because the weight of the engine and transmission sits over the steering gear. The control arms allow the front wheels to work together when changing direction, and if they fail you will have critical steering problems.