Common Signs of Suspension Problems

An RV is a vehicle that you can travel and live in at the same time. People who buy RVs are usually families who like to take road trip vacations. RVs used to be more popular among older people, but today, according to a University of Michigan Study, RVs are owned by people from the age of 35 to 54 more than any other age group.

You can buy either a gas RV or a diesel RV, a used or new RV, depending on your budget. One thing you should know, however, is that gas RVs tend to be cheaper than diesel RVs. Just like any other car, RVs need maintenance. Car suspension is key to having a smooth ride, so it is important to pay special attention to suspension maintenance and repair. Suspension issues can make your car unsafe to drive. Below are common signs that your vehicle needs a suspension upgrade.

  • Steering Control: If you find it difficult to steer your car while on the road, then you probably have a suspension problem. You'll notice this especially when you are driving slowly, and when you are turning, the steering can slip. Luckily this is a problem you can fix by installing steering stabilizers. RV steering stabilizers are springs put around shock absorbers. RV steering stabilizers help to add resistance to the steering, which improves steering control for RVs. RV steering stabilizers can be bought from auto repair shops. The steering stabilizer by Bilstein can be the right choice if you are looking for an upgrade.
  • Nose dives, leaning back, or rolls: When you notice your car “rolling” to the side when you turn a corner, or when you break your car “nose dives”, or when you accelerate, and your vehicle first leans back before going forward, that is a clear indication that your RV shocks are damaged. It can also be that your struts have an issue.
  • Constant bumpy rides: When RV shock absorbers or struts are worn out, you are likely to feel every single bump on the road. This means a very rough ride for you because your RV will be unusually bouncy. An excellent way to test this is by doing the bounce test. The bounce test requires that you put all of your weight at the front of the car and then release to see how your vehicle responds. If the RV bounces more than three times, then you have a shocks problem.
  • One side lower than the other: When you notice this on your RV, the problem is probably a damaged spring. A damaged spring means that the weight of the car is no longer supported. Also, you can note this problem when you hear a clunking noise every time you go over a bump. People test the spring by pushing down the trunk. If you hear a squeaking sound or any other unusual sound, then you have a suspension problem.

Suspension problems can cost you a lot of money, especially if you own an RV. Today there are digital gadgets that will let you know if your car has a problem, but when it has to do with suspension, we tend to risk it and continue pushing the vehicle to perform when it clearly can’t. Ignoring suspension issues can cause more problems, so it is better to deal with them as soon as possible.

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