Warning Signs of Suspension Problems

Symptoms of car suspension problems may include excessive bouncing and swaying, even at low speeds. The car may not sit level and may not handle well on the road. Sometimes these symptoms may be subtle and not become evident until the you are in an emergency situation requiring a quick maneuver to avoid a collision. You may not realize your car suspension is faulty until you need it most.

Did You Know?

Worn shocks can increase the time and distance it takes you to stop your car in an emergency situation. Industry experts estimate that worn shocks add, on average of 10% to your stopping distance. At any speed, that 10% can translate to a big difference in your ability to avoid an accident.

Problems Caused By Worn-Out Car Suspension Parts

At highway speeds, bumps in the road cause forward energy to be converted to vertical energy. The suspension springs of your suspension system must absorb this energy to keep your vehicle from lifting off the road, causing you to lose control. The problem is that suspension springs and shock absorbers wear out gradually over a period of months or years, and you may not notice the change in the handling characteristics of your vehicle. Only by testing your car suspension regularly can you be sure that you are aware of the condition of your suspension system.

Dangers of Worn-Out Suspension Springs and Shock Absorbers

A worn-out suspension does not absorb the bumps and low places in every road. This gives your your car an uncomfortable ride and makes it difficult to handle. When you need to steer quickly in order to avoid a road hazard, your car may sway in the opposite direction from the turn, causing your inside wheels to lift from the pavement and making your car flip over. If your car suspension is in good repair, it will give you a smoother ride, hold your vehicle more stable during sudden turns, and give you better control with less tendency to roll.

Pay-off for Early Diagnosis

What other repair can you make that actually makes your vehicle ride noticeably better? Only replacing worn suspension parts can restore that new-car ride. Finding out that your suspension system is dangerously worn may save you from a serious accident. In addition, bringing your suspension system back up to specifications can restore that new-car feel in comfort and handling.

How It Works

The brake testing plates of the Altesco Automotive Testing System measure the amplitude of bounce when the vehicle maintenance technician brings your car to a sudden stop. These bounces are clearly graphed on your safety test report. The test results will enable you to see whether the suspension or shock absorbers of any wheel are bouncing too much, not enough, or not bouncing simultaneously. The results of this important suspension test enable you to make an informed decision about your vehicle maintenance.

Have Your Vehicle Tested With The Altesco System

In less than one minute, you can find out whether your suspension system needs adjustment, routine maintenance, or replacement. At the same time, Altesco also checks your brakes and alignment to provide you with a more complete picture of your vehicle safety. If your local auto repair specialist does not have the Altesco Automotive Testing System, please submit the referral form below or ask him to visit this website.

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