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What your Car is Telling You

What Your Car Is Telling You

If when driving your vehicle, you notice a change in its handling behaviour, ride quality or even braking abilities, majority of
motorists automatically assume its worn brakes, tyres or shock absorbers. It is highly likely your vehicle is suffering from
worn suspension and steering components.

Suspension bushings are the link between your vehicle and it’s springs, struts and shock absorbers. Suspension bushings provide the movement and/or mounting points in your vehicle’s suspension system. Hence these suspension components can influence both the ride quality, steering feel, as well as the grip of the tyres, performance of the brakes, and stability of the shock absorbers. Should these suspension components be worn, an unpredictable and more to the point unsafe motor vehicle can be the result.

Below is a list of common indicators or symptoms of worn suspension components. Are you experiencing any of these, when
driving your car?

What is your car is telling you?

Worn suspension symptoms:-

Vehicle noises during acceleration, braking, changing road surfaces and cornering...
Key symptoms:

  • knocking
  • clunks
  • vibrations

Irregular steering wheel behaviour...
Key symptoms:

  • vibrations
  • vagueness
  • off centre
  • not self centring
  • poor responsiveness

Inefficient braking...
Key symptoms:

  • soft brake pedal feel
  • darting to one side during braking
  • wheel shudder during braking

Unpredictable stability...
Key symptoms:

  • excess body roll during cornering
  • understeer or lack of front wheel grip during cornering (common in front & all wheel drives)
  • oversteer or lack of rear end grip during cornering (common in rear wheel drives)

Premature wear of tyres due to misalignment...
Key symptoms:

  • smooth inner edge due to excess negative camber
  • feathered edges on the tyre due to incorrect toe settings

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