Keep Your Drive Smooth: The Importance of Suspension Care!

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Your vehicle’s suspension system, often the unsung hero of every drive, plays a pivotal role in ensuring both comfort and safety on the road. As with most vehicular components, suspension systems experience natural wear over time. Without proper care, this wear can compromise your driving experience, making even familiar routes feel jarringly bumpy.

So, how does one identify signs that their car’s suspension might need attention? Uneven tire wear can be a telling indication of misaligned or worn components. If your vehicle tends to drift or pull to one side, this could be a symptom of an underlying suspension issue. Moreover, if you find yourself feeling every little bump on the road, it’s likely a sign of deteriorating shocks or struts. An equally concerning sign is when your car’s front end “dives” noticeably during braking, hinting at potential shock absorber problems.

For optimal suspension performance and longevity, regular inspections are crucial. A good practice is to have a thorough check every 12,000 miles or once a year. It’s also important to remember that driving habits can influence the suspension’s health. Exposure to potholes and rough terrain can lead to accelerated damage.

At Sherwood Auto Repair, we recommend assessing and/or replacing shocks and struts between 50,000 and 75,000 miles. However, factors like your driving environment and the vehicle’s age can influence this interval. Give us a call today to keep your ride smooth, safe, and worry-free.