Normal wear and tear on your vehicle make it so that suspension components will probably need to be replaced about every 50,000 miles. Accidents, towing heavy loads, off-road driving, or even driving over a pothole could cause damage that would require repairs before the 50k mark, though. If your car is showing any signs of suspension trouble, it’s best to get it inspected right away. Ignoring the problem could cause damage to other components in your car, and makes driving unsafe.
There are lots of common car problems that stem from the suspension system since these components bear the main brunt of your day to day driving. Signs of suspension trouble include:
- Rattling or clunking sounds
- The front end diving when you stop, and rising when you accelerate
- Oil leaking from suspension components
In order to avoid suspension problems, and to catch any damage early, it’s best to have your suspension system inspected at least once a year. Having the inspection done at the same time that you have your alignment done each year is an easy and convenient way to increase the performance and safety of your vehicle.