Suspension issues typically account for a substantial portion of BMW repair costs; there are numerous ways that a BMWs suspension can malfunction or deteriorate. Every car’s suspension is designed to absorb the effect of road bumps and divots while simultaneously manipulating the vehicle by steering or turning. When any of the minor or major components of this complex system become damaged or malfunction, it can make your car unstable and create other opportunities for damage, or danger. A suspension issue in your BMW could range from a wide array of causes, and may entail more than one malfunctioning component, therefore making it often complicated and expensive to repair. The best way to avoid suspension problems is to abide by your BMW’s manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule, and follow up with any noticeable symptoms immediately. The basic structures of your suspension include the 3 S’s: shocks, struts, and springs, which keep your car stable and safe. Here are some tips on how to detect a suspension issue, and what a likely repair need could be:
It’s a Bumpy Ride
In the process of buying a new car, the first thing you assess for is how the car absorbs the shocks and bumps of the road. Generally if we can feel every bump and divot in the road, the ride is considered to be “bumpy” or “rough.” In BMWs, this symptom could be due to a few different issues, but usually the shocks and struts have become worn and are no longer functioning properly; this may warrant the need for new shocks and struts. If these parts are not replaced eventually, then they could also cause damage to other suspension components, and your car could become unsafe to drive. Shocks and struts make your BMW ride more comfortably, but they also help you maintain control of the car. If you notice your BMW is riding rougher than usual, you should bring it in for an inspection as soon as possible.
Uneven Tire Wear Pattern
Tire health is another critical aspect of routine vehicle care, so in theory you should be regularly inspecting your tires to fill them to the proper pressure level and inspect them for any signs of unusual wear. Uneven wear patterns on your tires could be due to any number of problem areas, including tire pressure and wheel alignment. However, uneven wear patterns are another telltale sign that something is wrong with your BMW’s suspension. If your tires are cupping, or have an uneven surface that disturbs the shape and tread of your tires, then it is likely related to suspension issues. This could be related to a number of different components, including shocks and struts. You should bring it in for an inspection and a proper diagnosis, and always remain aware of your tire health.
Other Ways to Detect Suspension Issues
Unless you are a BMW automotive specialist, it can be a challenge to perform a thorough inspection of the entire suspension system—and especially without the proper tools. However, there are several common ways to haphazardly check your BMW’s suspension, and perform them at your own risk. In a safe area, you can quickly apply your brakes to see if your car lunges forward and down toward the ground. This symptom can make your brake application far less effective, and can be dangerous. You can also gently apply downward pressure on the hood of the car and then the rear of the car in a bouncing fashion, and see if your BMW continues to bounce. If it continues to bounce after the initial push more than two or three times, then you will likely need to replace several components of your suspension system.
How We Can Help
Due to the safety risk suspension issues can pose, is critical that professionals handle BMW them; Auto Europa technicians are experts in BMW repair, as well as a range of other European import vehicles. BMWs are known for their impeccable engineering, power, and performance; as car enthusiasts, we take that seriously. We offer significantly lower prices than dealerships nearby the San Francisco, CA area because we have a passion for restoring our BMW clients’ driving experience. After more than 25 years of serving our community, we pride ourselves on our reputation for customer service; stop by today to meet our staff, and schedule an appointment to have an inspection performed on your suspension.