Your vehicle’s suspension is what makes your ride smooth and enjoyable, but it also does much more than that! It’s essentially what connects your vehicle and wheels, keeps your vehicle straight, helps turn the vehicle, and absorbs shock from bumps. Failing components will cause uncomfortable driving as well as safety concerns. The great thing is that diagnosing suspension problems can be relatively easy when inspected by an experienced technician. Your local Integra Tire can inspect your suspension at your next visit or at your request.
Diagnosing Suspension Problems
Your vehicle’s suspension system is made up of several components and is responsible for keeping your vehicle body linked to the road. Items found in your suspension system include: shocks and struts, to control the bounce and ride feel; control arms and links, which anchor the frame to the wheels; ball joints and tie rods are the pivot points for the wheels and connection to the steering wheel. Its additional components are the steering gear and/or rack and pinion that links your steering wheel to steering linkage, the hydraulic and/or electric power steering that provide power assistance for the ease of feel steering and finally, the vehicle’s springs carry the load and hold up the vehicle. There are a number of symptoms related to failing suspension; however, to make it simple… Think of what suspension does: keeps the vehicle straight, helps turn the vehicle, controls the ride height and comfort, and absorbs shocks; typically, a faulty suspension component will cause noise, shaking, or discomfort while performing one of these functions. Any clunking or knocking noises while going over bumps and turning, shaking in the steering wheel, pulling to one side, or squeaking and bouncing means it’s time to have your local Integra Tire inspect the component.
Abnormalities in your vehicle’s steering wheel and tires are the key indicators of needing a wheel alignment. If you start to notice your steering wheel is not centered or if you see irregular wear on the tire treads (less tread on the shoulder of the tires, a feathered edge across the face of the tire, your vehicle pulling to one direction) and your tire pressures are set correctly, your wheel alignment may be out of adjustment or you may have worn steering/suspension component(s).
Wheel alignment services are more advanced on today’s new vehicles. These technologically advanced vehicles have sensors and features, such as lane departure, adaptive cruise control, that have sensors that may require recalibrations after a wheel alignment is performed. It is recommended to have your vehicle’s wheel alignment checked once a year. See your local Integra Tire for a wheel alignment check.