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5 Common Signs of Suspension Problems

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Ignoring These Signs Can Endanger You

Your car’s suspension system not only keeps you comfortable in your seat while you drive. It also allows you to keep your vehicle stable and handle it well while it is in motion. Without such a system, your car would tumble sideways when you’re making a turn.

The suspension system also limits the shock of anything your car goes over on the road, such as humps and bumps. If your shock absorbers are broken or worn out, you’ll have a bumpy ride.

It’s important to have a basic idea about your vehicle’s suspension system. Several components make up the system. They include the chassis, which holds the cab of the car, the springs that support the vehicle weight and absorb and reduce road shocks, together with the shock absorbers and struts, and the anti-sway bar, which shifts the movement of the wheels and stabilizes the car.

Every vehicle has a recommended schedule for maintenance given by the manufacturer. Moving mechanical parts wear out over time, with some wearing out faster depending on the usage as well as usual driving conditions for the vehicle.

One of the things that mechanics would take a look at is your vehicle’s suspension system. When you have a bad suspension system, your car is less stable and you have reduced control over your vehicle. It can also have a domino effect on other parts of your car, damaging them.

The suspension system plays a big role in your car, so if you’re experiencing any sort of suspension issues or if you suspect something’s wrong, it’s best to head to an auto shop immediately.

 

Warning Signs That Can Mean You Need Suspension Repair

It’s in every driver’s best interest to make sure their suspension system is well maintained. Ignoring signs of possible suspension problems is not only irresponsible but can prove to be dangerous. Imagine losing the ability to properly turn your vehicle in the middle of a highway! You’ll put not only your own life at risk but those of your passengers and other drivers on the road as well.

Check out these 5 common signs that your suspension system needs a checkup

  1. You feel like you’re in a bouncy castle.

Do you feel like your ride is bouncier than usual? You might want to take a look at your shock absorbers or struts. This is an obvious sign of a suspension issue.

  1. Car dips or nosedives when you come to a stop.

When you come to a stop, your vehicle’s “nose” shouldn’t be lunging forward. When it does, the likely culprits are worn-out or broken shocks. This can cause your car to hit whatever is in front of you.

  1. Tires are wearing out unevenly.

If you notice your tire treads are worn out more on one side compared to the other, this is a symptom that there’s something wrong with your suspension. Tire treads should wear out evenly and not appear more prominent on one side if your suspension system is doing its job correctly.

  1. Pulling to a certain direction or drifting.

Drifting or pulling even though you’re not turning the wheel is a sign of a failing suspension system. It can affect your vehicle’s control and even increase your risk of a rollover.

  1. Your wheel feels loose.

Does your steering wheel feel loose? Do you find yourself turning it more just to make an easy turn? Have your suspension system checked as this can mean either loose parts or worn-out components.

 

Don’t Know What to Do with Your Clunker? Donate it to Us!

Having a faulty suspension system is one of the biggest problems that any driver can encounter. If this is just one of the many problems you’re having with your car and the costs of having them repaired are too much for you, perhaps it’s time to retire that clunker.

If you’re thinking of what to do with that vehicle, your best option is to donate it to a charity that will provide you great benefits while allowing you to support a worthy cause that will benefit the needy people in your community. You’ll achieve both goals when you turn over that vehicle to us at Goodwill Car Donations.

We will sell your vehicle through an auction and use the proceeds to support the community development programs of the Goodwill organizations serving your local area. These are IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits that cater to disadvantaged Americans. They include the men and women in your locality who are saddled with disabilities, lack of education or essential skills, and other personal issues (such as having prison records) that pull them down every time they try to break free from poverty.

These Goodwill nonprofits use the funding that comes from our vehicle donation programs to provide their beneficiaries with job training, employment opportunities, scholarships, livelihood assistance, disability benefits, and other critical community-building support services. Such services can turn your underprivileged neighbors into self-reliant and productive individuals.

While you help them with your car donation, you’ll also get outstanding rewards yourself, such as getting our free towing service at your convenience and getting entitled to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.

We take nearly all types of vehicles, including those that have faulty suspension systems and other problems. You may head over to this page to get a comprehensive list of the types of vehicles acceptable to us. You can donate anywhere in the country since Goodwill Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

To learn more about our vehicle donation program, feel free to visit our FAQs page. Contact us at 866-233-8586 or leave us a message here if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Help Uplift Lives of Your Needy Neighbors Today!

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Even if your car has a defective suspension system and some other problems, it still holds some value. This is enough to make a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged people in your area. Free yourself from your car troubles while doing something good for your community. Call Goodwill Car Donations at 866-233-8586 or fill out our online donation form now!