Suspension, Shocks, Ball Joints, and Tie Rods

February 2, 2015

Schedule A Suspension Inspection At Professional Automotive

Today’s Indianapolis ProTalk article focuses on your suspension system. After many years of driving on our streets in the Indianapolis, Castleton, or Fishers area, your car’s suspension system components will eventually wear out. As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth roads, your suspension parts will last longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or hauling heavy loads.

Schedule A Suspension Inspection At Professional AutomotiveIn addition to just wearing out, Professional Automotive customers need to know that suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like one of our many potholes, sliding into a curb, or repeated bumps in the road.

Because the life span of suspension parts can vary so widely, your cars manufacturer and Professional Automotive recommend frequent inspections to make sure all components are safe. During our inspection, which we perform on every visit, we will check for worn, broken or missing parts.

Signs that suspension parts like shocks or struts are wearing out: The tires may show signs of a cupped wear pattern. This can be formed from the shocks bouncing unevenly as you drive around the Indianapolis, Castleton, or Fishers area. If the front of your car dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to get them replaced. You may also notice squeaking or knocking noises. This can be related to the ball joints or tie rod ends.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come into Professional Automotive for a suspension inspection.
The same goes if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your wheels. Letting your worn or broken shocks go with out service can cause premature wear or failure on other steering and suspension components such as ball joints and tie rods as well. If your suspension calls it quits while your driving, it could lead to a serious accident, so let us take care of your steering and suspension components at Professional Automotive.

When you replace your shocks or struts, it might be a good idea to just go ahead and replace all four at the same time. That will give you even better handling. Talk with your service adviser at Professional Automotive if you think you suspect you might have a loose steering or suspension component. Most inspections are free with an oil change so get your scheduled today. It will save you money in the long run. Unattended to problems only cost more if we let them go. As always we will provide you with honest advise that will help you make the best decision about your repairs and maintenance.

At Professional Automotive serving in the Indianapolis, Castleton, and Fishers area. (46250) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 317.596.0898. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit

Suspension, Shocks, Ball Joints, and Tie Rods