7 Symptoms of a Suspension Problem

7 Symptoms of a Suspension Problem

7 Symptoms of a Suspension ProblemA healthy suspension enables smooth handling. It also provides greater safety during an accident by helping to keep all four wheels on the ground. At the first indication of a suspension issue, you'll want to get to the shop so the mechanic can conduct a thorough inspection. Here's a look at seven common signs of suspension trouble.

Fails the Bounce Test

You can do a simple test to get a sense of if your shocks/struts are shot. To start, make completely sure that your vehicle is securely parked and isn't liable to start rolling. Go to your vehicle's front end and press down on it with all of your power. Rock it a couple of times and let go. Then, go around back and repeat this step on the rear end. Upon releasing, your vehicle shouldn't continue to rock more than two or three times. However, if it does keep rocking, then there's reason to have a mechanic inspect your suspension.

One Corner Appears Low

If your car has a damaged spring, then one corner may sit lower. There's a good chance that a bad spring will result in clunking noises when you drive over bumps.


Assuming you're abiding by the speed limit, you shouldn't get the sense that you're swaying or drifting when you go around sharp corners. But if it does feel this way, then there's a good chance that suspension trouble is brewing.

Bouncy Driving

If your vehicle bounces badly whenever you hit a little bump, then you could be due for suspension repair.

Leaking and/or Visible Damage

From time to time, you'll want to take a quick look at your suspension to see if there are any obvious signs of a problem. You'll likely need to replace shocks that have oil leaking out onto them.

Issues with Braking

If your shocks are shot, it may feel as if you're lunging forward at a downward trajectory during the braking process. Suspension issues could also make it take longer to come to a full stop after you've started braking.

Bald Spots on Tires

A failing suspension can cause uneven tire tread wear. As a result, bald spots could form on your tires.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For suspension repair in Kansas City, MO, contact the experts at Howard Automotive at (816) 439-7527. Howard Automotive also offers auto body repair in Kansas City, MO. Feel free to give Howard Automotive a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!

Howard Automotive Blog
Posted: December 10, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ