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Oily Shocks Are a Sign That They Need to Be Replaced

If you reach up behind your wheels and touch the shocks and feel that they are oily, this is a sign that they need to be replaced. When they get too old, Vielhaber’s Garage advises that the shocks begin to release the oily fluid that is found inside of them. This is just one sign that your suspension needs to be serviced. We are going to list the other signs of a bad suspension below.

A Very Bumpy Ride

Another sign that it is time to have new shocks installed on your rear wheels is a very bumpy ride. This is also an indication that the struts on the front wheels need to be replaced. On average, these suspension parts last around 60,000 miles. You may get more mileage out of them or fewer miles out of them.

Feeling the Momentum

Aside from feeling every bump in the road, your automobile’s body will also respond to the vehicle’s momentum if the shocks and struts need to be replaced. In other words, the automobile is going to lurch forward when you stop. It will also sit on its rear wheels when you accelerate. Even more unnerving is the fact that the body will lean to the side when you turn around corners.

Fights Heading Straight

Aside from the shocks and struts, wheel alignment is also a part of your vehicle’s suspension. If the alignment is off, your automobile will fight you when you want to drive straight. It is going to pull to either side and you will have to constantly correct your steering. Usually, realigning the wheels resolves the problem and makes it much easier to control your automobile.

Low-Seated Corner

You may also end up with a broken suspension spring on one of your wheels if your automobile is a high-mileage vehicle. You will hear a clunking noise coming from the wheel on which the spring is broken when you drive over bumps. You will also notice that your vehicle’s body sits lower on the wheel on which the spring is broken.

Problems With the Steering

Finally, you may start to have difficulties steering your vehicle if the steering system needs to be serviced or repaired. For example, you may find it difficult to turn the steering wheel if the power steering fluid is low or if there is a problem with the power steering pump.

Call Vielhaber’s Garage in Findlay, OH, today to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle’s suspension if you are having any of the problems listed above.

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