Steering and suspension parts are safety-critical, so it’s very important to routinely check steering and suspension components and replace if there are any signs of damage. If a part is worn or failing, it could offer an uncomfortable ride. If your suspension system is failing to work, then the driving comfort will be lost out, it won’t smooth out the bumps in the road and provide enough traction.

Here is a list of common signs of suspension issues, 

Excessive bumps

The main purpose of the suspension system is to ensure a smooth drive. Car suspension should have the ability to cruise through the bumps on the road.  But, what would happen if the suspension system is worn-out, you may feel excessive discomfort due to bumps. 

In shock absorbers, the suspension issue will increase due to the leakage of fluid, this might dampen the bumps. If there are struts instead of shock absorbers, a knocking sound indicates the suspension problem. The strut is the most important component in cars, SUVs, and trucks.

Difficulty in steering 

When driving at lower speeds, if you feel difficulty in steering, this could be a sign of issues with the steering or the suspension system. 

Some of the problems could be,

Control arms are nothing but the joints that connect the steering to the wheels and the wheels to the frame. Signs of wearing include rattling noises and clunking due to improper steering.

Poor wheel alignment

Poor wheel alignment will occur if the vehicle gets pulled to one side during driving. The bad wheel alignment may be due to issues in the tyres, brakes, or shock absorbers. Check for even wearing of tyres. 

Over or under inflation of tyres can affect your vehicle’s steering. Your car might lose alignment frequently if the suspension system is worn out. This will result in loss of mileage.

Vehicle Leans When Parked

When parked, your car should sit flat and be level. If it leans heavily toward one wheel at one corner, the suspension has a failure. Similarly, If your car leans forward or backward, the suspension on the front or back wheels might be checked and repaired. To detect this issue quicker, look at the space in the wheel between the tire and the bodywork. It should look the same at all the sides around the vehicle.

Pulling to one side when driving

If you feel that your car is pulling to one side or the other while you’re driving, then inspect your tires, shock absorbers or  brakes.

Tyres need to be perfectly aligned to ensure a smooth ride. Spare some time for inspecting the tyre treads to see if they are wearing evenly, and check whether the tyres are correctly inflated, as over- or under-inflated tyres can hugely affect your stability while driving.

If the problem continues even after you have checked your tires, check your suspension system.