10 Ways to Damage Your Suspension, Common Suspension Issues and How to Fix Them

Suspension issues are a problem you just don’t need. Know what to avoid and when to get help.

Sadly, it’s easier to damage your suspension than you’d think.

Some ways are avoidable and some, unfortunately, just aren’t. Let’s go over different ways you can damage your suspension, some common suspension issues and the fixes.

Trust us, we’ve seen it all.

The Spring in Quad City Spring comes from our years of experience in suspension work including leaf springs and custom u-bolts. So let’s get into it.

10 Ways to Damage Your Suspension

1. Potholes

Potholes are hard to dodge sometimes and can cause a lot of damage to a vehicle’s suspension, especially if you hit them at high speeds. The impact can cause the suspension components to bend or break.

2. Overloading

One of the main reasons for suspension damage is overloading the vehicle beyond its recommended weight capacity. Not doing this is easier said than done. But this can put excessive strain on the suspension components, causing them to wear out more quickly or break entirely.

3. Speed Bumps

While speed bumps are designed to slow vehicles down, hitting them at high speeds can damage the shocks, struts, and other components because of the sudden jolt. This can cause significant damage to the suspension.

4. Rough Roads

Driving on rough roads, like midwest roads after the winter snow plow season, can cause the suspension to wear out faster. The constant vibrations and bumps can cause the components to loosen or break.

5. Corrosion

Rust and corrosion can weaken the suspension components, making them more prone to failure. This is especially true in areas with harsh winters or salty roads. Again, midwest.

6. Lack of Maintenance

If you don’t maintain the suspension, this can also lead to damage. Regular inspections and maintenance can help you identify potential suspension issues before they become more severe.

7. Accidents

This may seem like an obvious one but it should be said anyway. Collisions or accidents can cause significant damage to the suspension, including bending or breaking components.

8. Off-Road Driving

Off-road driving can be fun but also extremely tough on the suspension, especially if the terrain is rugged. Rocks, mud, and uneven surfaces can cause the suspension to wear out faster. You don’t have to stop off-roading, just make sure that you have the proper suspension to withstand the abuse.

9. Age

Again, an obvious one but like all vehicle components, your suspension will wear out over time. As the components age, they become more prone to failure.

10. Modification

Altering the suspension system with non-standard components or parts can lead to damage. This is because the components may not be designed to work together, causing excess strain on the suspension. Have a qualified tech on hand for upgrades.

Common Suspension System Issues From Damage and Their Fixes

1. Uneven Ride Height

If one side of your vehicle is lower than the other, it could be due to a damaged spring, worn-out shocks or struts, or a bent suspension component.

The solution is to replace the damaged part(s) and realign the suspension.

2. Noise While Driving

If you hear clunking, rattling, or banging noises while driving, it could be due to worn-out bushings, ball joints, or tie rods. FYI, you should have any noises checked out, suspension or otherwise.

The solution is to replace the worn-out parts.

3. Drifting or Pulling

If your vehicle pulls to one side or drifts when you turn, it could be due to worn-out shocks or struts, misaligned wheels, or damaged suspension components.

The solution is to have a qualified technician diagnose the problem and replace or realign the necessary parts.

4. Excessive Bouncing

It may sound fun for the kids but, if your vehicle bounces excessively after hitting a bump, it could be due to worn-out shocks or struts.

The solution is to replace the worn-out parts.

5. Sagging Suspension

If your vehicle’s suspension is sagging, it could be due to worn-out springs or overloaded cargo.

The solution is to replace the worn-out springs and remove the excess weight. You may want to consider upgrading if you’re regularly hauling heavy loads.

Having suspension problems is not just an inconvenience, it’s a safety issue, sometimes up there with your brakes going out.

These lists should help with your suspension troubleshooting but, in the end, it’s best to get your suspension inspected by a professional. Although you may be more than capable, since suspension is such a safety concern, a qualified mechanic should be the one to diagnose and fix suspension problems to ensure it’s done correctly and as safely as possible.

At Quad City Spring in Moline, IL, we can help with more than just suspension repairs. We also do suspension upgrades like supplemental suspension for hauling heavy loads, Timbren Suspension Enhancement Systems and more! Don’t forget, you can trust QC Spring with all your work at an affordable price and a timely turnaround.

If you need help with parts, repair, or installations, make sure to give us a call at Quad City Spring in Moline. We’d love to help get you back on the road as quickly as possible so that you’re not losing precious time and money by being sidelined.