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Mishawaka Auto Repair

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Signs of Suspension System going bad.

Signs your car needs Suspension Repair. This system supports several tons of metal,

 driving year after year the shocks will wear out. Bad suspension can affect

 your ability to control the vehicle, especially when turning, so please don’t ignore.

How do you know it’s time for SUSPENSION REPAIR?

1-CAR RIDES ROUGHLY

When you begin to feel every bump, potholes(some are so big can’t help but notice)

in the road. If the vehicle body is “bouncing” that’s one of the signs.

2-DRIFTING OR PULLING DURING TURNS

When the suspension is failing, you will feel the vehicle “drift” or “pull” when

 turning. This means the shocks are no longer keeping the body of the vehicle

 stable against the force of the turn. It may also affect the ability to stop

 your car(it increases stop time by up to 20 percent).

3-DIPS OR “NOSE DIVES” WHEN STOPPING

You are likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and possible nose-first

downward move when stepping on the brakes firmly, Shocks are worn out.

4-UNEVEN TIRE TREADS

Look at your tires, are the treads wearing unevenly? Do you notice some balding

 spots? These are often a sign that the suspension isn’t holding your car

evenly on the road. Which puts an uneven amount of pressure on your tire.

5.DAMAGED, “OILY” SHOCKS

When you look under the car, take a look directly at the shocks or struts,

are they greasy or oily. There is a good chance you are leaking fluid which

 means they aren’t working right. Time to get those shocks looked at and replaced.

6-TRY THE “BOUNCE TEST”

If you think your suspension is bad(more than one symptoms mentioned above)

try this simple test. When the car is in “park” press down on the front of the

 vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” a few times then release. Do it to the rear of

the vehicle, if the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it,

the suspension is wearing out.