Four Usual Symptoms of Malfunctioning Ford Gran Torino Shock Absorbers
The shock absorbers of your Ford Gran Torino are designed to give you a smooth and comfortable ride inside your classic automobile. However, they are under constant pressure because they maintain the vehicle's balance when you drive over uneven road surfaces; and through constant use, they will show signs of wearing down. When you start to notice symptoms like uncontrollable steering or bouncing, then you have to do some troubleshooting. Here are some common problems you might experience:
Excessive bouncing of the car
This symptom is noticeable once the shock absorbers begin to lose their dampening effect. You will notice that the vehicle's body will bounce more than twice when you drive over bumps and potholes. What you should do is to check if the hydraulic fluid inside the shock absorbers' cylinders has already leaked. If it has, then you should already replace the leaking shocks because they will cause difficulty on your driving when the hydraulic fluid of the shocks is unequal.
Car's body too close to the ground
When the shocks of your car are in good condition, the car's body should be at a proper distance from the ground. To determine if your car passes this test, you can take a look at all the sides of your vehicle and check if the body is within a few inches from the tires. If it's too close, then there's a possibility of a weak or broken shock. However, this will not apply if you installed lowering springs on your car.
Loud noise coming from under the car
Probably the most obvious and annoying of all the symptoms, a loud and clanking noise coming from under your car can be a sign of a broken shock absorber or shock mount. When the bolts that holds the shock breaks, it can cause the shock absorber to loosen or detach completely. The parts will create clanking noise as they dangle and collide with the other parts. Aside from that, the car will sag to one side because the disengaged shock absorber will affect the car's balance.
Since the shock absorbers keep the tires in contact with the road's surface, faulty shock absorbers will cause the tires to skip or bounce on the road. In addition to that, if you try and drive your car at high-speeds with faulty shock absorbers, then the tire treads can quickly become thinner. The impact of the tires as it bounces off can cause chunks of tire to be torn-off as well.