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Signs of Bad Coil Springs & Shocks

by Jason Medina

Bad vehicle coil springs and shocks negatively impact a vehicle's stability and can cause a host of driving-related symptoms. Designed to stabilize and reinforce a vehicle's chassis, coil springs and shocks are critical components of a vehicle's suspension system.

Excessive Vehicle Sagging

Coil springs and shocks support a vehicle's frame; when shocks and springs go bad, a vehicle starts to sag and/or tilt excessively.

Abnormal Tire Wear

In addition to stabilizing a vehicle's frame, coil springs and shocks help to keep a vehicle's tires planted firmly on the ground at the correct angles. Bad coil springs and shocks can allow vehicle tires to become misaligned and/or track abnormally, both of which can cause abnormal tire wear.

Excessive Noise

For the most part, coil springs and shocks produce very little to no noise. Noisy coil springs and shocks, especially when a vehicle is driven over large bumps and/or around tight corners, is often times a sign that they need to be replaced.

Excessive Vehicle Bounce

A vehicle that exhibits excessive bounce, or up and down movement, especially when being driven or rough or uneven terrain, is normally a sign of bad coil springs and/or shocks.

Excessive Vehicle Sway

Coil springs and shocks work together to keep a vehicle centered and stabilized when going around tight corners. However, bad coil springs and shocks often times lose these stabilizing capabilities, which can cause a vehicle to sway excessively.

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