Shock absorbers ensure your vehicle stays sturdily on the ground during drives. The road is filled with bumps, potholes, hills, and tight corners. The shock absorbers manage the inconsistencies of the road by controlling how the suspension and springs move. The shock absorbers, true to their name, absorb the bumps and vibrations of the road. As your vehicle takes on more miles, shocks can eventually fail. Without them, the drive becomes bumpy and chaotic. It’s essential to be aware of common signs the shock absorbers have gone bad. If you notice any of the above symptoms, it’s time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection.
With time the seals within the shock absorber will wear and begin to leak. If you notice fluid on the ground near the wheels, the shock absorber may be leaking. Too much fluid leak can be hazardous and, in extreme cases, prevent the shock absorber from working altogether.
Uneven Tire Tread Wear
A bad shock absorber will not allow the tires to meet the road evenly. This will cause the car to bounce, resulting in the tires wearing unevenly. Uneven tire tread can be dangerous, increasing your risk of a tire blowout.
Engine Knocking Noise
Vehicles are designed to move over speed bumps and potholes fluidly. If you hear a knocking sound when driving over road imperfections, it’s likely the shock absorbers are worn.
Slow Brake Pedal Reaction
If you’re driving and step on your brake pedal, it should immediately begin to slow your vehicle. If the brake pedal is giving an unusually slow reaction time, and the brakes are in good condition, it may indicate an issue with the shock absorber.
Vibrating Steering Wheel
Within the shock absorber are essential valves and pistons. If either of these components prematurely wears, fluid will not adequately flow through. This may cause the steering wheel to gyrate.
Suspension and shock absorbers inspection in Monticello, MN.
Faulty shock absorbers can give signs that can indicate a variety of vehicle problems. It’s important to schedule time to have your vehicle thoroughly inspected to determine the exact diagnosis. Monticello Auto Service has technicians who are the automotive experts in Monticello, MN. We would be more than happy to provide a bumper to bumper inspection.