We field questions from Colorado drivers every day regarding various aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair. When you have all relevant information, you can take care of your car the right way and have a reliable mode of transportation for years to come.
Two of the most essential components of your car’s drivability are the drivetrain and suspension systems. These two vital elements affect every part of the vehicle’s operation and require regular maintenance to stay in peak condition.
Unfortunately, these two systems are often the most overlooked. To fully understand proper care of the drivetrain and suspension, here are signs your car is in trouble.
Symptoms of drivetrain problems
When your drivetrain is malfunctioning, there are a few key signs to look out for.
The signs of a compromised drivetrain include:
- Strange or unfamiliar noises
- Shutters and vibrations
- Shifting problems
- Strange smells
- Leaking fluids
- Malfunctioning indicator lights
If you drive a large pick-up truck or another vehicle regularly used for towing, the drivetrain may require more regular maintenance. Your drivetrain will not last forever. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to know the right intervals to schedule a drivetrain inspection or maintenance service.
Symptoms of suspension problems
When your suspension is struggling, there are a few symptoms to indicate a problem.
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 or swaying
When it comes to the suspension system, regular alignment adjustments and service checks can benefit other parts of the vehicle. Your suspension system does not operate independently, and a problem with the suspension can negatively impact your brakes, tires or drivetrain.
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During the check-in process at our Highlands Ranch auto repair shop, our friendly staff gathers as much information as possible on your vehicle. We ask how long you’ve had your car, what it’s used for and how long you plan to keep it.
This information, along with the results of our courtesy inspection, help ensure your drivetrain and suspension are up to par with your needs.
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 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.