Car Maintenance 101 | Checking the Exterior: Looking at Your Vehicle’s Balance

This is where the importance of parking your vehicle in a flat surface comes in. For your vehicle to work at its best, it requires the right amount of suspension. To check your vehicle’s balance, follow these simple steps.

Checking for Balance

Step 1: Stand approximately seven to ten feet from your vehicle’s front end. If you did park your vehicle in a level or flat surface, then your ride should be seated normally. If not, then you should be able to determine why your vehicle is uneven.

Step 2: If you find that your vehicle looks rather elevated, check for obstructions that could be under your vehicle’s wheels. It’s either one wheel is positioned in a small depression or there’s a rock lodged under one of your wheels.

Step 3: If you can’t find a reason behind your elevated vehicle, then this could indicate a suspension or shocks problem. If this is the case, then you’ll need to have your vehicle checked by a professional mechanic.

Step 4: Should your problem lie in your shock absorbers, I highly suggest you conduct the following short vehicle test.

Testing your Ride’s Shock Absorbers

Step 1: Have a relative or a close friend help you push down on both the trunk and the hood of your vehicle.

Step 2: Both of you should press down on the hood and the trunk with some force to “bounce” the vehicle.

Step 3: When you’re done bouncing your vehicle, it should stop immediately. If your ride continues bouncing for some time, then this is indicative of a shocks problem. It could be that your shock absorbers are in need of immediate replacing.

Step 4: Take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic, and have your mechanic check your shocks completely for you.

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