We take questions from North Texas drivers every day regarding various parts of vehicle maintenance and repair. With all relevant information, you can take care of your car the right way and have a safe, dependable mode of transportation for years to come.
Two of the most fundamental components of your car’s operation are the drivetrain and suspension systems.
These two crucial systems affect every part of the vehicle’s drivability and require regular maintenance to stay in excellent condition.
Unfortunately, these are two of the most often overlooked systems. To fully understand proper care of the drivetrain and suspension, here are the main signs your car is in trouble.
Symptoms of drivetrain problems
When your drivetrain is faulty, there are a few key signs to look out for.
The signs of a compromised drivetrain include:
- Strange or unfamiliar noises
- Shudders and vibrations
- Shifting problems
- Strange odors
- Leaking fluids
- Malfunction indicator lights are on
- The “check engine” light is on
If you drive a vehicle that is regularly used for towing, this activity is considered a “severe operating condition” and the drivetrain, as well as the cooling system, will need more frequent maintenance.
Although your drive train will not last forever, your partners at Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks can advise you in ways to maximize the lifespan of these systems. Check your car owner’s manual to know the right intervals to schedule a drive train inspection or maintenance service.
Symptoms of suspension problems
There are a few signs to indicate when your suspension is malfunctioning.
The signs of a compromised suspension include:
- Uneven or unusual tire wear
- Trouble braking or increased stopping distance
- Odd noises when going over bumps
- Odd noises while turning
- Decreased handling and drive
- Excessive bouncing, swaying and side to side body roll
- Shaking in steering wheel or the vehicle itself at highway speeds
Regular alignment adjustments and service checks can benefit other parts of the vehicle as well. Your suspension system does not operate independently, and an issue with the suspension system can negatively impact your brakes, tires or drivetrain.
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During the check-in process at our Grand Prairie auto repair shop, the helpful staff gathers as much information as possible on your car. We ask how long you’ve had the vehicle, what it’s primarily used for and how long you plan to keep it.
This report, along with the results of our courtesy inspection, help make sure your drivetrain and suspension are up to par.
Regular drivetrain and suspension maintenance can save you time, save you money and extend the life of your vehicle. To schedule drivetrain and suspension service today, call Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks in Grand Prairie, Texas.