Built to dampen and smooth out shock impulses, your Cadillac CTS's shock absorbers basically dissipate and absorb energy. Since your car's shocks literally absorb the daily rigors of the open road, they are prone to wear and tear, which leads to all sorts of suspension problems ranging from uneven tire wear to your car veering in side winds. If your Cadillac CTS starts to swerve under brakes or its nose dips when you are braking, better check your car's suspension, and do some troubleshooting. Below are some common issues encountered with Cadillac CTS shocks, and the possible factors behind them:
If you hear excessive rattling or a swishing sound from under your Cadillac CTS while driving, it could be due to damaged bump rubber or dust cover. Inspect your shocks, and look for signs of wear on the dust cover and bump rubber. Also, if you see any signs of damage to the piston rod, it's best to replace the entire shock assembly.
If you see oil drips on your garage floor, the first thing you would do is to check for engine leaks but there aren't any leaks coming from the engine itself. You take your Cadillac CTS for a drive and when you step on the brakes, the car's nose tends to dip. You step out of your car, and you notice a trail of oil drips but your engine is fine. Leaking oil from a shock absorber is a bit hard to identify especially if you frequently check your car's engine. In this case, you have to inspect the car's under chassis to check the shocks. Oil leakage is usually a result of a damaged piston rod. Worn-out shocks must be replaced with a new set of shocks to solve the nose-dipping issue.
When your Cadillac CTS starts to rock and roll over uneven surfaces, speed bumps, and railway tracks, the coil springs around the car's shock absorbers could be worn out. Check the coil springs for signs of corrosion or breakage. Corroded coil springs usually break at the top or bottom due to the high levels of stress. Worn out coil springs can affect your shock's performance, making your ride extremely bumpy.