How to Tell If Your Chevrolet C30’s Suspension Needs Work
In the 1960s, the Chevrolet C30 was introduced to the market. It was among Chevrolet's full-size pickup truck line that featured many firsts back then. It had a drop-center ladder frame that allowed for a low-sitting cab and an independent front suspension, which gave the pickup truck a ride similar to that of smaller cars. The Chevrolet C30 became more popular as it featured a more modern design, and it was made to be comfortable and convenient. These were virtually unheard of back then since pickup trucks were only built for work purposes. Among the vehicle's parts that made it comfortable and convenient were its suspension system and its components.
The suspension system of your vehicle is responsible for maintaining its right ride height and wheel alignment, supporting its weight, keeping the tires in contact with the road, controlling the direction of travel of the vehicle, and keeping your ride smooth. To be able to accomplish these, your vehicle's suspension system should always be in excellent working condition. However, due to poor suspension system maintenance, the suspension system components get damaged. Suspension problems require immediate attention because they don't only compromise your comfort and convenience, but they also compromise your safety. So how do you tell if your suspension system requires work? Here are tell-tale signs that you need to get some suspension repairs done:
- Your pickup is pulling or drifting when turning.
When you feel that your pickup pulls or drifts when you are turning, it is highly possible that your suspension system is failing. The shocks can no longer keep your vehicle's body stable against the centrifugal force when you are turning, therefore increasing the risk of your vehicle to rollover. When you feel your vehicle pulling and/or drifting, you better have your shocks checked as soon as possible.
- Your pickup's ride is rough.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to be able to tell if your shocks and struts are wearing out. When you start to feel that your vehicle is particularly bumpy and bouncy, it is a sign that there's something wrong with your shocks and struts. Worn-out shocks and struts are irreparable, so the only solution is to have them replaced.
- Your pickup's tires are wearing out unevenly.
In checking your tires, take a look if they are wearing out unevenly and if they have bald spots. If they do, it could mean that your suspension system is not holding your truck evenly, therefore putting unequal amounts of pressure on your tires. Once you notice this, it is best to have it checked by your local mechanic.
- Your pickup's shocks look greasy.
When checking under your vehicle, check if the shocks look greasy. If they do, it is possible that the fluid is leaking. If the fluid is leaking, the shocks will not be able to work properly. When this happens, have your shocks replaced with new ones.
If you notice you are experiencing one or more symptoms mentioned above, try doing a bounce test on your pickup truck. Place your truck in "park" and then press down on the front part of your truck with all your might, and give it a good bounce for a couple of times or more then release. Do the same on the back part of your truck. If it bounces more than 3 times after you release it, chances are, your suspension system needs repair.