Inspecting Your Vehicle’s Suspension
Getting your vehicle’s suspension checked regularly is important in keeping you safe on the roads. During a suspension inspection at Postle Tire Barn in Tuscaloosa, our experienced automotive service technicians will check your vehicle for broken, worn, or missing parts. Not sure if you need a suspension inspection? Keep reading!
Suspension System Overview:
Springs, shocks, and struts are what make up your vehicle’s suspension. Springs hold the weight of your vehicle, and shock absorbers work in conjunction with springs to smooth out your ride and help keep the tires on the road. Good shocks are key for riding comfortably and handling performance.
You’ve probably heard of struts. They combine a shock absorber and a coil spring into one unit. Shocks and struts will wear out over time, but don’t worry, there are signs to look for if you think your shocks or struts might be wearing out.
Signs You Might Need New Shock or Struts
If your shocks or struts are wearing out, you may notice your tires developing a cupped wear pattern. This is caused from the shocks bouncing unevenly. You might also notice a floating or drifting sensation when turning corners. If the front of your vehicle dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you’ve stopped, your shocks may be wearing out. Also, if they are leaking fluid, it is time to have them replaced.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your wheels, visit Postle Tire Barn in Tuscaloosa, AL for a suspension inspection. If your vehicle suspension fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so don’t wait until it’s too late.
Replacing Your Shocks and Struts
When you replace your shocks or struts, it is typically a good idea to replace all four shocks at the same time. This will give you more even handling. Talk with one of our friendly service advisors at Postle Tire Barn because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all four may be the safest way to go.
There are different grades of shocks and struts. You always want to use a replacement shock or strut that is equal to or better than the original equipment on your vehicle when it was new.
Keep in mind, if you want increased handling performance, our friendly staff can recommend an upgraded shock or strut specially designed for improved handling. If you haul heavy loads or trailers in the West Alabama area, we can also recommend some heavy duty shock absorbers.