Vehicles, like Hyundai Sonata, are fitted with struts in their suspension system to achieve a smooth ride. The struts do this by adjusting to irregularities in the road surface. However, age and constant use will sure take their toll on your Hyundai Sonata struts. As these components wear out over time, you'll experience several problems that are usually associated with ride quality. It is important that you know how to diagnose such problems, so you'll be able to provide them with the right solution.
If the struts have worn out, road bumps will become more noticeable even when you're inside the vehicle's cabin. This problem can be diagnosed by doing a bounce test. All you need to do is to firmly place your hands on the bumper, push down, and release. If your Hyundai Sonata bounces more than twice, its struts are now in need of replacement. You can also check the tires for uneven wear. The wheels should rub down evenly; if they don't, that means the struts are not efficient enough in holding the vehicle up.
This is a major symptom of worn-out struts, blown shock absorbers, and soft springs. This problem can be experienced when the vehicle goes over huge potholes and speed bumps. You can troubleshoot the problem by doing a visual inspection. If your car sits lower than normal, its springs and struts should be replaced.
Since the bearing plates support the vehicle's weight, they can affect the performance of the suspension even if you've just installed new struts. With faulty bearing plates, your ride will be more difficult to steer; the bearing plates will also create more noise as you drive. So before you replace the struts, it is important that you inspect the upper bearing plates of your Sonata.
Worn-out struts won't be able to carry the vehicle's weight while cornering. This will result in increased body roll while cornering and less stable feel, not only from the suspension but the steering system as well. One way to troubleshoot this issue is to bounce-test the vehicle. You can also take the wheel off and visually inspect the body of the struts for leaks. Oil residue at the top or bottom of the strut housing means you need to replace the struts right away.