Suspension Repair: Signs It's Needed

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First, let’s answer the question, “What is a car suspension?” The car suspension system encompasses the tires (as well as the air in the tires), shock absorbers, springs, and connectors that join a vehicle to its wheels. Suspension systems are tasked with providing a strong road grip, as well as smooth handling and ride quality. That being said, suspension problems typically reveal themselves when ride quality becomes rough or steering isn’t as easy as it should be. Read on to learn more about the common problems that require suspension repair from the service team at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram!


What Are Some Common Suspension Problems?

Suspension systems are designed to provide a smooth ride. However, problems can develop due to an accident or wear and tear. Here are a few common problems that can arise, leading to a need for car suspension repair:

  • Misaligned Wheels: If your car’s wheels are misaligned, the steering won’t be centered, which can make it difficult to control your vehicle and cause premature tire wear. Wheels can get knocked out of alignment when you strike a pothole or a curb and need to be re-aligned to avoid issues.
  • Shock Absorbers: Shocks contain fluid that absorbs the bounce when you hit a bump in the road. If that fluid begins to leak, you’ll notice a much rougher ride, which can put the suspension at risk.
  • Struts: Some cars have struts as opposed to shock absorbers. If you hear a knocking noise when traveling over a bump, you should head to the Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram service center as soon as possible. Issues with the struts can make your car unsafe to drive.
  • Springs: Springs hold the weight of your car and can break or sag as they age. If your car sits mostly level with the exception of one corner, for example, that’s a sign the springs need to be replaced.
  • Ball Joints: Ball joints attach the suspension to the wheels and help absorb up-down movement as you travel. If you hear squeaking or creaking when turning, the ball joints likely to be replaced. Putting off a replacement can cause the ball joint to break and parts of the suspension system to drag.
  • Control Arms: Control arms secure the wheels to the frame and connect the steering to the wheels. These components are more likely to wear out on FWD cars than RWD, and can cause handling issues and premature tire wear. Clunking and rattling noises, as well as loose steering, are signs of problems with the control arms.

Signs Your Car Needs Suspension Repair

If your car’s suspension system isn’t working properly, your safety, as well as the safety of others on the road, is at risk. If you notice any of the following red flags, schedule car suspension repair near Overland Park right away:

  • Rough car ride
  • Pulling or drifting during turning
  • “Nosedives” or dipping during braking
  • Uneven tread wear
  • “Oily” or worn shocks

If you suspect a suspension problem, you can do the bounce test. Place the car in “Park,” then press down on the front of the vehicle using all of your weight. Bounce it a couple of times then release. Do this in the back of the car as well. If the car rocks more than two or three times after you stop bouncing, the suspension probably needs attention.

Schedule Suspension Repair in Olathe

Have you noticed any of the above-mentioned red flags, or is your car due for a suspension inspection? Schedule a service appointment at our service center/suspension repair shop in Olathe. We can answer any questions you may have about auto suspension repair costs and provide help service tips and tricks. Before you schedule, be sure to browse our current service specials for offers on services and parts!

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