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A minor fender bender collision may not cause major body damage, but there could be hidden damage to your car's suspension. Knowing the signs of suspension issues can help ensure you get the right repair.
If the car seems to pull to one side as you drive or the wheel simply won't stay straight even though the road doesn't curve, then you may have a suspension problem. Your mechanic will first rule out tire issues, as sometimes worn tires lead to pulling. If the tires and alignment are fine, then the problem could be collision damage to the tie rods or steering arm system.
2. Rough Ride
A collision can affect your shocks in a way that leads to a rougher-than-normal ride. One way this occurs is if the collision causes damage to the shocks that leads to a leak. Another common type of collision damage is a broken leaf spring on the shocks. Replacing the shocks should fix the problem so that your car can provide a much smoother ride going forward.
3. Sagging Fender
Does it look like one fender is sagging low over a tire following a collision? It may not even be the side of the car that was hit in the collision. A blown shock, overly compressed leaf spring, or broken spring can all lead to sagging. These types of damage sometimes happen on the tire opposite the side of the car that was hit. Replacing the damaged suspension components will solve the problem.
4. Vehicle Rolling
A rolling vehicle isn't one that ends up on its roof. In this case, rolling refers to how the nose of the car behaves when you accelerate or slow down. In the nose seems to dip at acceleration and lift when you brake, then the car is rolling. Sometimes the car may also seem to lean too far to one side when you take a corner, even if you do so slowly. Rolling indicates damage to one of the joints or rods that make up your suspension system. The damaged component must be replaced in order to stop the rolling.
5. Slipped Steering
Your steering wheel should move easily and controllably. If it seems to stick sometimes or pull out of your grip, then the car really isn't safe to drive. A collision can damage the power steering system, which causes the wheel to stick and slip. Damage to the control arm bushings can present a similar issue. Repairing the power steering or control arms is necessary.
Contact a collision repair service if you suspect a minor fender bender may have affected your suspension system.Share