The suspension on your vehicle is designed to provide you with a smooth ride. It allows you to enjoy driving your vehicle without feeling every little bump in the road. Your suspension is constantly in use, which is why you need to be aware of the signs that your suspension is going out and needs to be replaced.
Sign #1: Uneven Tire Treads
When you get in and out of your vehicle, you should be glancing at your tire tread. Your tire tread can tell you a lot about your vehicle. If you notice that the tire wear is starting to look uneven or have some bald spots on your tires that don't make sense, you may have an issue with your suspension. When your suspension isn't holding your car up evenly, it puts pressure in unpredictable patterns on your tires, which can result in uneven tire tread.
Sign #2: Oily Shocks
You can see the shocks on your vehicle if you look under your vehicle, near your tires. Your shocks should not look greasy or oily when you look at them. If you notice that they look like they are covered in grease or oil, that is usually a good sign that your suspension is leaking fluid out of some component. If your shocks look oily on the outside, they are not doing what they should be doing.
Sign #3: Nose Diving
When you stop your vehicle, your vehicle should come to a smooth and even stop. When your shocks start to wear down, what will happen instead is your vehicle will nosedive downward when you apply your brakes. Not only does this not feel comfortable, but nose diving can also impact your ability to stop properly. When your car starts to nosedive as you stop, it will take you more time to stop your vehicle. So, you will not be able to stop your vehicle as quickly as you are used to. Having your vehicle suddenly change how you stop can impact your ability to safely judge how to stop and put you at risk of an accident.
Sign #4: Bumpy Ride
Finally, you may notice that when you drive your vehicle, the ride feels bumpier. You will start to feel every little dip and bump in the road. Your car will begin to feel bouncier as you ride on the road. Things will not feel as smooth.
If you start to notice that your vehicle is handling rougher, is nose-diving when you stop, has oily shocks and uneven tire tread, your suspension is more than likely failing. If you notice these signs, get your suspension checked by an auto repair mechanic.