Suspension, Shocks & Struts: Ask Ford Service
Potholes. They are nemesis of every driver on the road. Sometimes, there’s just no way to avoid driving through one and when you do, it can seriously damage your car’s suspension.
The suspension of your car is the system of tires, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. The suspension system serves a double purpose, though. It contributes to the vehicle’s road-holding, handling and braking for good active safety and driving pleasure. It keeps the vehicle occupants comfortable as well. The suspension also keeps ride quality reasonably isolated from road noise, bumps and vibrations.
Have you hit a deep rut or pothole lately? You may need to get your shocks and struts checked for damage. When you car hits a sizable pothole and your suspension is damaged, it can throw off your car’s alignment. Ignoring that type of issue can lead to a whole bunch of other problems.
Do you know how to tell if your suspension is damaged or worn? Try performing the bounce test: Push down firmly on the front and then the rear of your car. If your car moves up and down more than twice, you may have a problem. That type of bouncing can affect your ability to safely control your vehicle when you’re driving. As your shocks or struts wear out, your vehicle may “jounce”. This means your vehicle may jump or bounce when you drive over bumps in the road. This excessive movement can making stopping your vehicle more difficult. It could also significantly increase your braking distance.
Worn shocks and struts will affect the way your car’s wheels interact with the road. When it rains, you don’t want anything to get in the way of how your tires grip the pavement. IF your car slides or hydroplanes too much, get your suspension checked immediately.
Damaged shocks or struts can make your tires wear out faster. But did you know it can also contribute to damaging the steering components of your car? It can damage the tie rods and wheel bearings. If you think you have a problem, schedule a service appointment and have your service advisor look for “cupping” on the tires. That’s one red flag that your suspension needs attention.
Here at Beach Ford, if you think your car’s suspension needs some work, give our service department a call and get your appointment scheduled. You don’t want to wait. Your safety, and the safety of your passengers, is at stake.