The suspension on your truck provides you with a stable ride, protecting the goods in your trailer along with other components that keep your rig running smoothly. Damages are easily noticeable and should be taken care of immediately. However, failure to maintain the suspension could lead to severe damage to your truck and the load you’re carrying, which is a huge liability for your wallet and your reputation for safe delivery.
How to Prevent Expensive Damages
- Keep the air springs clean to prevent dirt buildup
- Schedule preventative maintenance monthly
- Inspect the suspension parts for wear and tear
- Make sure ride height is set to the manufacturer’s recommendation
- Change the shock absorbers after every 100,000 miles
- Check that shocks are working correctly. They should be hot after driving.
Signs your Suspension Needs to be Repaired Immediately
- The truck looks uneven, as if leaning to one side.
- The sensation of falling forward while braking
- Bouncing with the inability to recover, especially after hitting a bump or pothole
- Excessive tire wear
- Shocks are covered in oil. This indicates a leak, and they’ll need to be replaced ASAP.
- Drifting and inability to recover appropriately while turning
- Dry rotted or cracked air springs
How we can Help
If you notice any of these signs, give us a call or fill out a work request form so we can fix you up and get you back on the road with as little downtime as possible. Some of the most common suspension repairs include:
- Shock absorber, leaf spring, air spring, spring bushing, spring hangers, or air spring replacement/repair
- Total suspension system replacement
Have questions? Give us a call!