Is your vehicle bouncing around more when you’re driving or is there a clunking sound when you go over speed hump? These could be signs that your suspension springs need replacing. While many people know that suspension springs absorb impact when driving over bumps and rough terrain ensuring a smooth and safe ride, most people do not realize the importance of suspension springs to the vehicle’s overall safety. Worn out springs can reduce the stability of the car, reduce driver control and lead to wear and tear on other critical components so it’s essential that you can recognize the warning signs of worn out springs.
Vehicle bottoming out
One of the best indicators of worn out springs is if the vehicle bottoms out while driving over dips or negotiating obstacles on the road. The spring insulators allow the suspension to control the amount that the vehicle’s front or rear end moves up and down. If your car bottoms out, you will notice a hard hit which can cause significant damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle and other parts on the car including transmission, steering and drive shaft.
Excessive road noise
The spring insulators absorb vibration in the road and by doing so, help control road noise. If you begin to notice noise from the road is louder than normal from the front or rear end of your vehicle, it’s a good indication that the spring insulators aren’t performing at their peak. Often excessive road noise means the damage has already been done and the spring insulators will need replacing so contact a licensed mechanic immediately.
Vehicle leaning to one side
Suspension springs help to keep the car balanced on all sides. When a spring is worn out or is showing signs of wear and tear, one of the noticeable side effects will be that one side of the car will appear to be higher than the other. If you notice that the left or right side of your vehicle appears higher or lower than the other side, contact a certified mechanic to inspect the problem. Other aspects of the vehicle may be affected such as steering and braking so it’s crucial the problem is rectified quickly.
It’s important to examine your tyres for wear and tear on a frequent basis, however most people typically don’t perform this check regularly as they simply forget or don’t know what to look for. If your tyres seem to be wearing more on the inside or outside this is a common side effect of a suspension alignment issue and one of the main offenders of misaligned suspension is a spring that is either wearing out or needs to be replaced.
One of the main jobs of the springs is to keep the car from bouncing around, especially when you strike potholes or road bumps. When the suspension spring starts to wear out, they compresses quite easily meaning the vehicle’s suspension will move up and down and feel like it is ‘bouncing’ more frequently. If you notice that your vehicle is bouncing more in normal driving conditions it’s a good indication that you may need replacement springs.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or simply need advice, contact the experienced and friendly staff at AME Automotive to diagnose and repair the problem, your safety is our number one priority.