Warning Signs of a Suspension Problem

Warning Signs of a Suspension Problem

For your vehicle to continue driving safely and smoothly, it's important to keep your suspension in healthy shape. At the first indication of a suspension problem, it'll be best to have a mechanic conduct an inspection. Here are seven symptoms of suspension trouble.

Fails the Bounce Test

You can do an easy test to get a better sense of your suspension's health. First, make totally sure that your vehicle is parked securely with no chance of rolling. Then, go to the front of the vehicle and press down hard on the front end. Rock it two times and let go. Next, make your way to the back of the vehicle and repeat this step on the rear end. When you release, the vehicle should only rock on its own two or three times. But if it rocks more than this, then suspension trouble could be brewing.

Bouncy Driving

If your vehicle starts bouncing excessively whenever you drive on rough terrain, then you've got a common indication of suspension failure.


Assuming you're following the posted speed limit, you shouldn't get the sense that you're swaying or drifting when you navigate sharp corners. However, if you do feel this sensation, then you could be driving with a faulty suspension.

Bald Spots on Tires

A failing suspension can result in tire tread wearing down unevenly. This can then cause bald spots to form on your tires.

Braking Issues

Bad shocks may cause your vehicle to lunge at a downward trajectory when you step on the brakes. Also, a faulty suspension can make it take longer to arrive at a full stop after you've initiated the braking process.

Appears Low in One Corner

A damaged spring can cause the vehicle to sit lower in one corner. Also, a bad spring will likely make itself apparent whenever your vehicle hits little bumps and you hear clunking sounds.

Visible Damage/Leaking

In all likelihood, you'll need to replace your shocks if you can see that oil is leaking out onto them.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For suspension repair in Wichita and McConnell Air Force Base, contact the experts at Peniston Automotive at (316) 263-1295. Feel free to give Peniston Automotive a call today to make an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!

Peniston Auto Blog
Posted: March 19, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ