When driving your vehicle, the suspension is an area that you might notice an issue with. This is because the vehicle will start to handle differently. It will also result in a rougher ride as you are driving. The tires are what connects your vehicle to the road. Tires that are overinflated, underinflated, misaligned, and dry-rotted can become safety hazards. They can also put you at risk of having an accident because of steering or vehicle suspension problems. There are some tips you can do to help keep the suspension in the best condition possible. The first tip is to start with the tires.
Check the Air Pressure
Proper tire inflation will allow your tires to wear more evenly, help you save on gas and also improves handling. Weather temperatures will affect tire inflation. Tires that are underinflated with create more friction and heat, increasing the likelihood of failure. Remember to inflate your tires to the air pressure that’s indicated on a sticker inside the driver’s door. Also make sure to check the tires first thing in the morning, while they are still cold. This will help you to get an accurate reading when checking the tires.
Dashboard Warning Light
This warning light will come on when one or more of your tires are under inflated. Check the tire pressure and add air right away. It is especially important to check your tires and add more air if you’ve been driving and this light comes on. This most likely means your tire is losing air quickly. You don’t want to drive on a flat tire as it could pose serious safety risks and also cause further damage to the wheel. If the tires are inflated properly and the light remains on, make an appointment. Sensors can sometimes go bad and need to be replaced.
Your tires will wear more evenly and will last longer if they are rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. The simplest way to make sure tire maintenance is done on a regular schedule is to have the tires rotated at each engine oil and filter change. If you are not sure how often the tires should be rotated, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the correct schedule. By having the tires rotated, you can help improve the suspension as well when you drive.
Your vehicle’s suspension system helps you maintain control of your vehicle by keeping the tires in contact with the road, especially when you hit bumps. Additionally, the suspension system allows your vehicle to turn corners without rolling. If you notice excessive bounce and more roll or sway in the body of your vehicle, you’ll want to have the suspension system checked. You should also have a tire alignment performed at least once a year. Always remember to having the suspension checked if you have hit a pothole.