Common Signs of Vehicle Suspension Problems

Your vehicle’s suspension does more than support the body. It houses the steering system, the wheels, and many other crucial parts. It’s important to have your suspension inspected regularly to make sure that everything is okay. It’s easy to forget about the suspension because you’ve got your mind on other things such as oil changes. Del Hatt Automotive advises that your suspension will tell you if something is wrong. Here are common signs of suspension problems.


If you are feeling every bump in the road, your vehicle suspension is going bad; most likely the shocks and struts. These parts are designed to help make your ride comfortable and smooth. If it has become uncomfortable and bumpy, you likely need new shocks and struts. 

Corner Squatting

If one corner of your vehicle is squatting or sitting low, you’ve broken a suspension spring. This part is connected to the struts. You may also have heard a loud clunk when you went over a bump. This is your indication that the spring just broke. It’s important to replace a broken suspension spring as soon as possible.

Oily Shocks

You will find the shock absorbers on the rear wheels. As the shock absorbers wear down, they begin to leak oil. You can check this by reaching up underneath your automobile to feel the shocks. If they feel oily, they are worn and need to be replaced.

Problems Steering

As we mentioned in the intro to this blog post, the steering system is part of your vehicle’s suspension. If you notice any problems steering your automobile, such as groaning sounds, non-responsiveness, or a tight-feeling steering wheel, this is a sign that you’ve got an issue with the steering system.


One of the most common signs of suspension problems is pulling to the side. If you find that when you drive straight your vehicle pulls to one side and you have to constantly correct your direction, your wheels are out of alignment and they need to be realigned.


Finally, your vehicle’s suspension prevents you from feeling its momentum motion. Without suspension parts, especially shocks and struts, your car, truck, or utility vehicle would lurch forward when you stop, squat backward when you start, and tilt to the side when you make turns. If it’s doing any of these things, you need a suspension inspection.

Del Hatt Automotive in Poughkeepsie, NY, can handle all of your vehicle’s suspension needs. Call us today for an appointment.

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