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Common Warning Signs of Suspension Trouble

Common Warning Signs of Suspension Trouble

To keep your vehicle driving smoothly and safely, you'll want to make sure your suspension remains in excellent condition. When you first notice a symptom of suspension trouble, it'll be best to visit the shop for an inspection. Here are seven signs that you need suspension repair.

Braking Issues

With a bad suspension, your vehicle could take a lot longer to come to a full stop after you've initiated the braking process. Also, faulty shocks could create a nose-diving sensation when braking.

Fails the Bounce Test

By conducting a simple test, you can get a better sense of your suspension's health. You'll want to first make sure that your car is securely parked and not at risk of rolling. Then, go to your vehicle's front end, press down on it with all of your muscle, and rock it twice. Next, go to the vehicle's rear, where you'll precisely repeat this step. When you let go, your car should only rock on its own two or three times. However, if it continues rocking more than this, then you may be due for suspension repair.

Bounces Excessively

A classic sign of suspension trouble is that the vehicle starts bouncing wildly whenever it drives over any little bump on the road.


Suspension trouble could be brewing if you navigate corners at a safe speed but it feels like your vehicle is drifting or swaying.

Visible Damage/Leaking Oil

If your shocks have become leaky, then odds are that they'll need to be replaced.

Bald Spots on Tires

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

Looks Low in One Corner

If your car appears to be sitting lower in one corner, it could be due to a damaged spring. With a bad spring, there's a good chance you'll hear clunking noises when driving on rough patches of road.

If you need auto repair, be sure to visit a reputable mechanic. For suspension repair in Lansing and Lansing Charter Township, contact the experts at O'Donnell's Auto & Truck Repair. You can reach our Pennsylvania Avenue location at (517) 224-5918. Feel free to give O'Donnell's Auto & Truck Repair a call today to make an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!

Posted: April 30, 2021