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Why Is My Car Bouncing When I Hit A Bump

Why Is My Car Bouncing When I Hit A Bump


No matter where you live, I bet you have experienced rough roads. The United States isn’t known for having perfect roads!


Hitting potholes, bumps, dips, and any other sort of imperfection in the road is a normal part of driving. We try our best to avoid them, but it happens. That’s why automobiles have rubber tires and suspension with shocks and springs in them.


That suspension is what makes your car comfortable to drive on less than perfect roads. Those bumps and holes get smoothed out by the springs your tires are attached to and the shocks help control those springs. 


Shocks typically use fluid, compressed nitrogen, or air to dampen the movement of the springs in your suspension. The springs carry the weight of your car and allow it to “float” over most road issues. Large potholes or debris in the road will still cause a rough ride because your suspension is only designed to handle so much. This is where off-road vehicles and suspension upgrades shine. They are designed to handle more extreme conditions that are present in off-road activities or in automotive racing.

When a shock fails it may be hard to tell visually but the pressure or fluid can leak out causing the shock to have nothing to compress or dampen movement. When a spring doesn’t have a shock to control it, your car or truck will get bouncy. 


So if your car is feeling bouncy or you are experiencing a rougher ride than you remember. Bring it in and we will give it an in-depth inspection and test drive to pinpoint the issue. 


At Crabtree Automotive, we work on all makes and models, even Diesels. From Honda to Audi and everything in between! So give us a call or schedule an appointment today with the link below.  


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