The shock absorber of your Nissan Murano is an important part of its suspension system. It absorbs shocks on the vehicle to provide comfort for passengers. At the same time, it makes car handling so much easier for drivers. But aside from these, the shock absorbers also function as additional safety features. This is why it is so important for people to know when their shock absorbers are starting to get faulty. Here are some of the easiest ways to diagnose a failing Nissan Murano shock absorber:
This can be done by pressing down on one corner of your Murano in order to put weight on that side and force compression on the shock absorber. This is like replicating the effect of bounce on that same corner when driving on a bumpy road. The only difference is that you are doing it while your car is parked. Make sure that you are pressing down hard enough on the corner to achieve enough compression. Afterwards, observe if your SUV is going to bump up and down several times. If it does, then there is certainly a problem on your shock absorber.
Another way to check the condition of the suspension system, particularly the shock absorbers of a vehicle, is by taking it out for a quick drive. By doing so, you can feel if there seems to be a problem on the suspension whenever you turn to a corner or driver over humps on the road. However, you have to make sure that you are driving on a normal speed because if you keep the car on a slow and steady pace, you might not be able to inspect the shocks properly. You can watch out for a constant bouncy feeling, especially if you are driving on a well-paved road. You might also find it difficult to control your Nissan Murano and there might be stiffness on the steering system, and when this kind of problems surface, it might be time to get a new shock absorber.
Doing a visual inspection on your car's suspension system may also do wonders for you, most especially if you are familiar with how the systems work and how a well-functioning shock absorber looks like. If you don't want to spend time and use gas to test the condition of your SUV's shock absorber, you can simply perform a visual check-up on it. This may also save you from the bnecessary expenses when availing of the services of an expert technician.