Monday, June 8, 2015
THE SUSPENSE COULD KILL YOU... | WITH FURY FORD SANDTON
Many South African roads are peppered with potholes and other hazards, and some cars take more of a beating than others. Perhaps a little surprisingly, it’s often the luxury vehicles and stiffly sprung sports cars that are most susceptible to suffer suspension damage. Having bad suspension can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when stopping or turning.
Your vehicle's suspension system is something that shouldn't be taken for granted. However, after supporting several tons of metal year after year, eventually the shocks will wear out and suspension repair will be necessary.
How do you know when it's time to repair your suspension? Here are six signs that let you know when maintenance is due.
It’s a rough ride
You can tell when your shocks or struts are wearing out when you begin to feel every bump in the road, or when bumps causes the vehicle body to "bounce". A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle's suspension needs work done.
Dips or "nose dives" when stopping
When the shocks are worn out, you're likely to feel the front of the vehicle body dipping down when you firmly apply the brakes. This can affect your ability to stop the car quickly, by up to 20%!
Drifting or pulling when turning
If you feel your vehicle “drift” or “pull” when you are turning it means that the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of the turn and your risk of rolling over is increased.
Uneven wear on tyres
If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice bald spotting, this is often an indication that the suspension isn't holding the car evenly, and putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tyres.
Damaged or "oily" shocks
If you take a look under your vehicle at the shocks or struts and they are looking greasy or oily, it could mean that they are damaged and leaking fluid (and therefore not performing properly).
Try the "bounce test"
If you suspect your suspension is going bad, there is a simple test that you can perform to substantiate your suspicions. With the car parked, push down on the front of the vehicle with all of your weight and “bounce” it a couple of times. Then repeat the test on the rear end of the car. If the car continues to rock or “bounce” more than two or three times after you have released it then your suspension is wearing out.
Deteriorating and potholed roads and the proliferation of speed humps in South Africa have increased the likelihood of faster shock deterioration. Any vehicle driven on damaged, poor surfaces regularly or used for commuting on routes scattered with speed humps will eventually come to grief. With various different components all at the risk of damage.
Pop into our dealership at any time and let us check your shocks for you, don't let the suspense kill you...