Troubleshooting Your Infiniti I35 Shock Absorber
Your Infiniti I35 shock absorber plays a large role in keeping your vehicle stable and steady while driving over bumpy roads. This is why it's highly important that you replace it once you see any signs of wear or failure. While bouncy rides and poor handling are known indicators of a failing shock absorber, there are other signs that this component is faulty. The good thing is that you can still identify these symptoms through a test drive and visual inspection.
The shock absorbers' main function is to provide a smooth ride throughout your drive. Using hydraulic technology, this component absorbs most of the bumps in the road. Without this, your Infiniti I35 would rock around on its springs and, in extreme cases, tip over. While driving, if you notice that your ride is rougher than usual, give your shocks a visual inspection as soon as possible because they might be worn out.
Because your shock absorbers help you maintain a smooth ride, they also make sure that you remain in control of your car, so long as they keep the tires on the ground and give you traction. However, if one shock absorber is worn or faulty, your vehicle would bounce too wildly on the coil springs. This leads to the tires pulling away from the road as you bounce upward. Give your car a feel while you're driving and turn left and right. If you feel that it doesn't respond immediately to your steering especially when you're on a bumpy road, this could indicate that your shocks are worn or faulty.
Uneven tire wear
It is inevitable for your tires to wear down over time. However, if you notice that one tire looks more worn than the others, then there must be something wrong with the shock absorber on that side. When the valves that control the oil in the shock absorber wears out, your car's road traction is reduced. This then leads to the tire connected to the faulty shock wearing out faster than the others. When inspecting the wheels, see if any of them have "bald patches," such as cuffing or scalloping folds.
Ways to Keep Your Infiniti I35 Shock Absorber Clean and Efficient
The Infiniti I35 shock absorber is the main reason why you still drive comfortably even while you drive through curves, up and down the hill, and even on bumps, ditches, and potholes. Without this component, your ride wouldn't be stable, your vehicle's tires would wear out faster, and your vehicle's overall suspension would break down sooner.
Shock absorbers' lifespan
It is recommended that you replace your car's shock absorbers every 50,000 miles. However, this usually depends on how several factors. Some of these include the type of shock absorbers your car has, the way you drive, the road you usually drive on, and more. To make sure that your car's shocks work fine throughout 50,000 miles, you have to learn how to care for it.
How to care for your shock absorbers
- Remember that your car has shock absorbers installed. Many drivers tend to neglect this component and only remember it when the ride is too bumpy and bouncy. Even when the shocks are new, be sensitive to your car's "feel," especially in its suspension, as you drive.
- Every now and then, put your shocks' efficiency to the test by doing the following in a secluded parking lot-drive up to 10 miles per hour for a few seconds then hit the brakes. Take note of how the front of your car bobs-if it's still bouncing more than two times after you have stopped, then the shock absorbers might be faulty.
- Regularly clean the bushings with hydraulic brake fluid to make sure that no oil or grease can deteriorate the shock absorbers' rubber.
- Give your shock absorbers a regular visual inspection by simply getting on your hands and knees to look at the components. Check for any dents in the shock tubes and oil leaks.
- While you're down there, also keep an eye out for loose mounting bolts and worn mounting bushings. You could also know if these hardware are loose or worn when you hear a rattling noise while you're driving.
- Take good care of the other components in your car's suspension system as well. If even just one part is broken, your shock absorbers will definitely be affected too.