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5 signs you may have a problem with the car's suspension

Sometimes it is difficult to diagnose suspension problems in cars. Symptoms may be present but are easily confused with something else or may appear gradually and are therefore considered normal. Identifying warning signals for suspension system problems can mean the difference between major and minor repairs.


Your car's suspension system is complex and consists of many different parts. These include shock absorbers, springs, struts, and ball joints, just to name a few. These components, along with the wheels and tires, control the behavior of the car on the road. The suspension system also helps control wear and tear on the car, especially on bumps and uneven road conditions.


Your car communicates when it needs attention. Some common signs that your suspension system needs some work are:

  1. Continuous bouncing after hitting bumps or submersion while braking.
  2. Drifting or pulling aside when cornering.
  3. One side of a parked car sits lower than the other side.
  4. Difficult controls.
  5. Extremely bumpy rides.

Bouncing and "nose diving" likely indicates worn shock absorbers. Pulling to one side can be as simple as a soft tire or the need to align the wheels, or it can mean that some suspension components are wearing out. If your car looks uneven on level ground with one side of a slope, something in the suspension system may have been damaged. Difficulty steering and a rougher-than-usual ride are indicators of a problem with the system.

Most car owner's manuals suggest that the average life of shock absorbers and other parts of the suspension system is around 150 km, depending on the driver and the roads.