5 Common Signs of Suspension Problems & What to do

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The main responsibility of a suspension system is to keep the vehicle in control and smooth out the ride. It works to provide steering stability and proper handling. Suspension needs to be in good condition otherwise, it can lead to reduced control and a variety of other problems. 

Suspension system core components: 

  • Chassis
  • Springs
  • Shocks
  • Struts
  • Sway bar 

Keep your car’s suspension in optimal shape by scheduling an appointment with WJ Kuhn Automotive. Our repair and maintenance team specializes in both domestic and foreign vehicle models.

Read on to learn about the 5 common signs of suspension problems and how to address them.


Sign #1: Bumpy Ride 

One of the most noticeable signs of a suspension problem is when your vehicle is not riding smoothly. Your suspension is what keeps your tires in contact with the road—if something within your suspension has gone haywire, you will notice a big difference in the way your car handles and feels.

The problem may be a broken or damaged shock absorber or a coil spring could have lost tension. WJ Kuhn can perform an inspection and diagnosis all of your suspension problems!


Sign #2: Difficulty Steering

Does your steering wheel vibrate when you accelerate? Is your steering wheel hard to turn when moving at slow speeds? These are tell-tale signs that there is an issue with your suspension. Steering is directly linked to the suspension and they rely on each other in order to drive normally.

The problem may lie with either the suspension or the steering system. Check your power steering fluid and ensure belts are tight. If that doesn’t do the trick, bring your car by to our mechanics at WJ Kuhn Automotive!


Sign #3: Pulling/Drifting to one Side

If your car pulls to one side as you’re driving down a straight road, there could be a number of issues going on. This is a tough problem to troubleshoot as the issue might lie within your tires, steering system, alignment, brakes or the suspension.

If it’s indeed a suspension problem, it’s most likely due to a tie rod, spring or control arm malfunction. It’s important to have a professional take a look at what could be the cause as this will affect your ability to control your car while driving.


Sign #4: Uneven Tire Wear

When dealing with uneven or unusual tire wear, you probably don’t think about the vehicle’s suspension. Worn suspension components can cause imbalances in the weight of your car, causing tires to show spotting, feathering or scalloped-type wear. This leads to unsafe driving, and compromised braking.


Sign #5: Greasy Shocks/Struts

Do you do a visual check on your suspension system on a regular basis? Greasy shocks or struts could indicate a hydraulic fluid leak, which could lead to more serious problems and damage if ignored. Take a closer look to see if the entire shock or strut is wet or if it’s just a small wet spot on an otherwise dry component. If it’s the entire shock or strut, contact us to schedule a time for us to take a closer look.


Car Care in Oak Creek, WI

We know that you rely on your vehicle’s safety every day and we want to be a part of the team you trust to keep your vehicle safe and reliable. Whether it’s a possible suspension issue or even a simple question or concern, we are here to serve you.  Get in touch with our team at WJ Kuhn to discuss your vehicle’s suspension today!

Schedule an appointment here, call us at 414-762-7900 or stop by our convenient location at 8511 S. Howell Avenue in Oak Creek.

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