Suspension Symptoms Your Car is Giving You

Suspension Symptoms

Your vehicle's suspension is critical to the safety of you and your family. If your shocks and struts are in poor condition, it can take 20% more time to brake. You have a better ability to navigate sharp corners when your shocks and struts are in good shape. Here's a look at five signs of a suspension problem.

Bumpy Ride

If you feel like you are rolling over bumps when on a smooth roadway, get in for an inspection. This is a prime symptom of failed shocks / struts.


Another symptom is a feeling of drifting or swaying when you are driving around corners. This can be a steering or suspension problem and it is a safety matter.

Unable to Pass the Bounce Test

A third symptom is failing the bounce test. Basically, we safely park the car and then we push down on safe spots of the front and back of the car. If the car rocks more than a few times, it has failed the bounce test. This indicates a suspension issue with the shocks/struts. The result is you will experience a bumpy ride!

Uneven Tire Wear

Another indicator of suspension problems is uneven tire wear. Worn or damaged tie-rods, ball joints, control arm bushings etc can result in bald spots, uneven tire wear, cords showing, etc. You can rub your hand over the tread of your tire and feel the difference.

Visible Damage/Leaking

Finally, if you look closely at your shocks and can see oil, then this is indicative of a leak. Get to the shop as soon as you can to have it remedied.

If you're in need of suspension repair, be sure to get in touch with a reputable auto shop. For suspension repair in Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and Lowell, AR, the experts to contact are at NWA Car Clinic. Go ahead and give us a call today for all of your foreign and domestic mechanical needs!


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