5 Most Common Causes of Suspension Damage

At Fox Run Auto, we see many vehicles come into the shop with suspension damage. The suspension system is crucial for maintaining a smooth and stable ride, absorbing the impacts from road surfaces and keeping the tires in proper contact with the ground. Yet, many drivers overlook this system until they experience significant handling issues or uncomfortable rides. Let's delve into five of the most common causes of suspension damage that we encounter regularly.

1. Rough Roads

Potholes and rough roads are the bane of any vehicle's suspension system. When you hit a pothole, speed bump or other challenging road conditions—especially at high speeds—the sudden jolts can damage components such as struts, shocks and control arms. These parts are designed to absorb minor road imperfections. However, severe impacts or extended driving on rough roads can lead to bends, cracks or misalignment. If you live in an area with poor road conditions, inspect your suspension regularly and drive cautiously over rough patches to avoid costly repairs.

2. Worn Out Shocks and Struts

Shocks and struts play a vital role in damping the movement of your car's springs and controlling body sway. Over time, these components wear out and lose their effectiveness. When shocks and struts are no longer functioning properly, you'll notice a decrease in ride comfort and handling stability. The vehicle might also start to bounce excessively after hitting a bump. Regularly replacing these parts—typically every 50,000 to 100,000 miles—can keep your suspension in good working order.

3. Misaligned Wheels

Wheel alignment is critical for even tire wear and proper vehicle handling. Misalignment can occur from something as minor as hitting a curb or from regular wear and tear. When your wheels are out of alignment, it puts uneven stress on the suspension components, causing them to wear prematurely. Regular alignment checks can prevent this and help you catch alignment issues before they lead to more significant damage.

4. Overloaded Vehicle

Each vehicle has a specified maximum load capacity. Overloading your car or truck can strain the suspension system, leading to premature wear of springs, shocks and other suspension components. This excess weight compresses the suspension beyond its designed limits, resulting in a rougher ride and potential component failure. Always adhere to your vehicle’s load limits and avoid carrying unnecessary heavy loads for extended distances.

5. Corrosion and Rust

Corrosion is a silent but deadly enemy of the suspension system. Exposure to moisture, road salt and chemicals can lead to rust on suspension parts. Over time, this rust can weaken the structural integrity of components like control arms, bushings and mounting points. Ultimately, this can lead to suspension failures. Regularly washing your vehicle and inspecting the undercarriage can help prevent rust-related damage.

Maintaining your vehicle’s suspension system is essential for safe and comfortable driving. By understanding these common causes of suspension damage and taking proactive steps like regular inspections and mindful driving, you can extend the life of your suspension components and avoid costly repairs. Remember, a smooth ride starts with a well-maintained suspension. If you suspect any issues, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle in to Fox Run Auto for a professional evaluation.

For all your auto care needs in Northern Delaware, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.


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