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
- 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.
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.