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Suspension

What You Should Know about Suspension

Handling and suspension are closely related: your car's springs, shock absorbers and linkages all play a vital role
in your everyday safety
. Yet there are no dashboard indicators that alert you when one of these elements
malfunctions.
It's up to you learn how to identify the most common signs of a problem.

Signs

-       Your vehicle pulls to the right or left: check the pressure in your tires. If it is correct, the problem may be misaligned wheels, too much play in one of the suspension ball joints or sagging springs.

-       Your vehicle wavers back and forth: your shock absorbers are probably worn. They should be inspected along with all flexible connections (anti-roll bars, wishbones, control arms) and suspension ball joints.

-       Your vehicle is lower on one side: a spring is probably worn out or broken.

-       Your vehicle seems wobbly: have a full diagnosis performed on the suspension system.

-       Your steering is loose: inspect the condition of your tie rods and steering column joints.

-       You hear a metallic knocking sound when you drive over a bump or other obstacles: have the entire wheel assembly inspected.

-       You observe premature wear on your tires: check the entire wheel assembly.

Maintenance Reminder

Below, you will find important information on maintaining your suspension:

 -       Check your shock absorbers every 20,000 km and replace them every 80,000 km, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

-       Your dampers, which undergo 1 million rotations for every 80,000 kilometers driven, must be changed at the same time as your shock absorbers.

 -       The damper protection kit should also be changed at the same time.

-       Your springs must be checked regularly.