Determining a Worn BMW 528i Shock Absorber
The BMW 528i shock absorber is all about control and stability. It is made up of non-corrosion and high-quality metal to make sure it will be able to carry the weight of the whole vehicle. Nonetheless, this particular part takes one of the heaviest abuses and wears in the whole suspension system. This makes the shock absorber a dispensable part of the BMW 528i. If you notice that your vehicle feels odd most especially in the wheel parts, perhaps it is about time to replace your shock absorbers. To be certain, following are some of the common symptoms signifying your shock absorbers have met the end of the road.
The most common sign of a worn out shock absorber is when it bounces more often than usual. The best way to be sure is through "The Bounce Test." You can do it by pushing the bumper of your parked car as low as possible and then releasing it quickly. If your car bounces more than twice before it finally stabilize, a shock absorber is not doing its job well.
Uneven tire wear
The job of the shock absorber is to plant the wheels as firmly as possible to the road no matter what terrain the vehicle is in. A bad shock absorber will do otherwise. This makes large chunks of tires tear away from the thread. You can easily check for this sign by looking into your tires while the car is parked.
Oil running down the BMW 528i shock absorber body
A shock absorber contains oil that regulates the pressure it utilizes in compression and decompression. There will be times when the shock absorber experiences leaks, making it lose internal oil, resulting in less pressure and poor performance. You can check for dark fluid leaking from the top or bottom part of the shock absorber body to make sure your shock absorber is leaking.
Broken coil spring
A coil over shock absorber will have a coil spring enclosing the shock absorber body. This spring is usually coated with materials that make it more durable and good to look at. Despite this coating, different road factors in your environment such as dirt and road salt during winter will cause it to undergo hydrogen embrittlement which weakens the performance of the spring and your shock absorber as a whole.