Problems with the front suspension often go unnoticed by the driver – in many driving conditions (such as city driving) it it is often difficult to detect tell tale signs such as the vehicle pulling to one side – and this has contributed to the high failure rate.
Suspension failure is not only dangerous in its own right – it will also effect the condition of your tyres often resulting in very uneven tread wear. If the increased tread wear is to the outside of the tyre it is easily detected and drivers can take action, however if the tyres are wearing on the inside they can often go undetected for months and will eventually result in the tyre failing completely.
Motorists should visually check their tyre wear on a regular basis – every 2-3 months is sufficient – and should have their wheel alignment checked annually. Suspension problems can be routinely identified during a free wheel alignment check and remedial action recommended.
Finally motorists are urged to take action as soon as they are aware that their tyres need replacing. Unlike many other car related problems such as engine or brake faults, replacing worn tyres is often put on the long finger – they do not stop you from using your car today – however remember they may not stop you the next time you need them.