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Your 4×4’s suspension is what keeps you driving in comfort over less-than-ideal terrain. Extreme situations are no problem with the right suspension system guiding you through the trails with ease. Whether you are carrying a heavy load or navigating sharp mountain curves, the suspension protects both you and the rest of your engine from absorbing excessive jolts and vibrations. Given its level of responsibility for passenger safety, how can you tell if there is a problem? Are squeaks and creaks just that or do they indicate a serious issue? Sometimes, it is difficult to tell without the advisement of a certified, Advanced Four Wheel Drive & Auto Repair technician. In the meantime, consider the possibilities below when driving to prolong the life and durability of any suspension.
When Good Ball Joints Go Bad – A ball joint is the circular bearing that connects the steering knuckle to the axle or control arm. Ball joints create a smooth turn between the tie rod and steering knuckle. They are the pivot point between wheels and suspension, but on occasion after some rough driving and damage, ball joints may need to be replaced. The earliest sign of ball joint failure is clunking or difficulty while turning your vehicle. Extreme cases may lead to the separation of the steering knuckle entirely, the result of which would surely be an accident. Ball joints require lubrication and depending on their type – either serviceable or non-serviceable – may need to be lubricated on a regular basis. This is something easily achieved during a routine maintenance appointment upon request. If proper lubrication is not achieved, they may rust, the end result of which is failure.
Shock Shaft Bends – The shock shaft, or piston rod, damps wheel movement before it reaches the vehicle. If a vehicle has been through some rough winter weather or challenging terrain, a bend can occur. A bent shock shaft will cause a very stiff ride, making suspension almost non-existent. This is dangerous for both your comfort and the security of the engine, as parts may absorb shock that shouldn’t and the 4×4’s alignment will suffer. Replacement shocks may be necessary. Allow an expert technician to diagnose and discuss options if your suspension is not feeling as predictable.
As winter comes to a close here in Castle Rock, Colorado, take the time to consider your 4×4’s suspension. Does it feel the same? Is the security of your suspension in question? Are rough roads beginning to make an impact on both the 4×4 and you? If something doesn’t feel quite right, you can count on Advanced Four Wheel Drive & Auto Repair to diagnose any suspension issue, talk you through the recommended repair, and take pride in performing quality work on your 4×4. Our commitment to providing top-notch service is unparalleled. From our knowledgeable staff to our certified expert technicians, Advanced Four Wheel Drive & Auto Repair is ready to get you back on the road better than ever. Drop by today for a free consultation and ensure that your 4×4 is ready for the changing season.