Automobile experts say that because of its sports-tuned suspension system, owners will love the Acura TL shock absorber. However, this doesn't mean that the component is immune from wearing out or failing. To identify a worn-out shock absorber before it causes any severe problems, watch out for these common symptoms.
When at least one of your tires are starting to have cups or scalloped dips appearing around the edge of the tread on either side, it almost always indicates worn shock absorbers. When this happens to your car, having the wheel realigned is not enough; you will have to replace your shock absorber. Check the suspension system that the worn-out wheel is connected to, and you'll find the faulty component that needs replacing.
If your car is constantly bouncing even while driving on even ground, the shock absorbers may be to blame. To test for this problem, stand over at one end of your car, and have another person stand at the other end. Both of you apply pressure on the vehicle's trunk and hood at the same time--this should let the car bounce a little. If it bounces too much, or if it continues to bounce even after a while, then that's a sign of a faulty shock absorber.
When you're driving and you notice the car tending to pull to one side, and you have to keep hold of the wheel firmly to keep it going straight, a shock absorber might be worn. The affected component is usually at the side that's pulling. Usually, this is primarily caused by abnormal tire wear. After replacing the shock absorber, remember to have your wheels aligned as well.
If you hear a clunking noise while driving over bumps, there could be a problem with the shock absorber. To look for the noise, put one foot on a corner of the front or rear bumper, and bear down on it quickly and forcefully. Do the same thing to all four corners of the car. If you hear a clunking sound, the shock absorber in that side is the faulty.