Summer travel inspections June 13, 2013

When you hear the word ĎsuspensionĎ, you may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your carís suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your car up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride. It needs to keep your wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. If you look under your car, itís basically everything that connects your wheels to the carís frame. These are heavy duty parts that do a lot of work. They need to be inspected for damage and excessive wear at least once a year. A good time for this is when you get your annual alignment service.
Here are some warning signs that your suspension may have problems:
the car pulls to one side;
it wanders;
the steering is erratic;
you see uneven tire wear;
you experience a poor ride or handling;
you see oil leaking from shocks
. . . You just donít feel in control when youíre driving.
Some suspension parts just wear out with use. Shocks and struts eventually lose their ability to control your ride. Wheel bearings need to be repacked every couple of years. And some suspension pieces need to be lubricated when you get your oil changed. Your service advisor at Triangle Auto Service can oversee an inspection and tell you what problems you may have.
If youíre in an accident, your suspension can be damaged or knocked out of alignment. Even a minor accident, like hitting a curb around Chicago or even a large rock can mess things up. With a minor accident itís tempting to just get an alignment or wheel balance to correct the problem. But if thereís some damage, a simple alignment wonít actually fix the problem, and youíll just have to align it again after the repairs are made. So if you have an accident, get your suspension system inspected right away. Suspension problems should be fixed immediately because they can lead to unsafe handling.
One big cause of suspension damage is potholes Ė those nasty magnets that seem to draw our tires right into them. Well, Here are some tips for avoiding damage from potholes: First, keep your tires at their full air pressure. That gives tires their maximum resiliency and will hopefully keep your wheels or other suspension parts from crunching on a big hole. Next, just pay attention. When you see a hole you canít miss, slow down before you hit it. Driving at a slower speed will limit the damage, and may keep your drink from spilling. But donít brake directly over the pothole. That will cause the carís weight to shift forward and add to the potential damage.
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