How to Identify a Suspension Problem

How to Identify a Suspension Problem

For smooth and safe driving, it's important to keep your suspension in healthy condition. At the first indication of a suspension problem, you'll want to have a reputable mechanic conduct an inspection. Here's a look at six common signs that you need suspension repair.

Fails the Bounce Test

There's an easy test you can do that will help you determine if your shocks/struts are wearing out. First, you'll want to make sure that your vehicle is securely parked. Next, use all of your muscle to push down on the front end and rock it a couple of times before letting go. Then, go to the rear of the vehicle and do exactly the same thing on the back end. After releasing, if the vehicle rocks more than once or twice, then suspension trouble could be brewing.

"Nose Diving" Sensation

Worn-out shocks can create the sense that you're lurching forward at a downward angle when you step on the brakes.

Bumpy Driving

If it feels like you're going over bumps while driving on a road that you can clearly see is actually smooth, then your suspension could be failing.


Assuming that you're abiding by the speed limit, you shouldn't feel a drifting sensation when taking sharp turns. But if it does feel like you're drifting, then your suspension may be in poor condition.


Your shocks will likely need to be replaced if you get down and can actually see that oil is leaking out onto them.

Bald Spots

When shocks/struts begin to fail, uneven tire wear can result. This can consequently cause the formation of bald spots on your tires.

If you need auto repair, be sure to visit a reputable mechanic. For suspension repair in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Sedona, AZ, contact the experts at Red Rock Auto Center at (928) 451-7431. Feel free to give Red Rock Auto Center a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your repair or maintenance needs!

Red Rock Auto Center Blog
Posted: May 24, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ