How to Tell if Your Suspension Is Bad

How to Tell if Your Suspension Is Bad

How to Tell if Your Suspension Is BadA healthy suspension plays an integral role in ensuring smooth and safe driving. At the first indication of a suspension issue, you'll want to have a mechanic complete an inspection. Here's a look at seven common signs of a suspension problem.


As long as you're driving at a safe speed, it shouldn't seem like you're drifting when you go around sharp corners. However, if it does feel this way, then suspension trouble could be brewing.

Doesn't Pass the Bounce Test

By conducting a simple test, you can get a better sense of whether your shocks/struts are worn out. To begin, make fully sure that your vehicle is securely parked and not liable to roll. Head to the front of the vehicle and use all of your muscle to press down on the front end. Rock it a couple of times and let go. Then, go around to the back of the vehicle and repeat this step on the rear. When you release, the vehicle should not rock more than two or three times. But if it does rock more, then there's reason to suspect suspension trouble.

One Corner Appears Low

Your vehicle might sit lower in one corner if it has a damaged spring. With a bad spring, there's a good chance you'll hear clunking sounds when you drive over bumps.

Bumpy Driving

If every time you hit a bump it feels like your vehicle bounces wildly, then you have cause for concern regarding your suspension.

Bald Spots on Tires

Failing shocks/struts can cause tires to wear down unevenly, which increases the chances of bald spots forming.

"Nose Diving" Sensation

If you hit the brakes and it feels like you lunge forward at a downward angle, then your shocks could be failing.

Leaking/Visible Damage

From time to time, you'll want to get down and scan over your suspension to see if there are any clear signs of trouble. You'll probably need to replace your shocks if you can see oil leaking out onto them.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For suspension repair in Tampa, contact the experts at Bay Brothers Automotive at (813) 491-7439. Feel free to give Bay Brothers Automotive a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!

Bay Brothers Automotive Blog
Posted: December 2, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ