German cars are known for their longevity and endurance. They ride smoothly and have a performance that is unparalleled by most cars on the market. So it can be a real let down when you start to notice your VW having issues with its suspension.
The rear springs of your Volkswagen face a lot of blunt impact, since they keep your suspension in place so that your car can navigate turns fluidly. Because they absorb so much of the shock that your car takes while driving, they can wear out with time or break down if they face a particularly nasty bump. When the springs begin to wear out or break completely, you’ll quickly notice issues with your car’s suspension and steering. Let’s discuss some signs and symptoms to watch for with regard to a rear spring failure in your VW.
It can be hard to tell what is wrong with your car if you’re not savvy with automobile knowledge. For the average Joe, it can be difficult to diagnose the baseline of your vehicle’s performance issues. Thankfully, when your rear springs have begun to wear down the signs are pretty distinct.
Because your suspension affects the alignment of your wheels, you may begin to notice uneven tire wearing on the inside and outside edges of your tires. The rear springs help to absorb the shock your tires take while navigating the road. If they begin to fail, you’re going to notice poor tire performance rather quickly. Uneven wearing can lead to flat tires and even blowouts, which can damage your car even further.
The suspension is what helps keep your vehicle upright and aligned. Without the springs to keep it in place correctly, you’ll notice your car beginning to tilt to one side, sagging, or swaying while you drive. This can also affect the wearing speed of your tires and lead to stability issues while trying to move through turns.
One of the most obvious suspension issue symptoms is bouncing. Your car may bounce a bit when going over large bumps or uneven terrain. Bouncing while driving in normal conditions is extremely abnormal. Springs are in place to keep your car from bouncing or rattling while on the road, so if they have begun to fail, you’ll notice more frequent shaking.
Clunking or rattling are common sounds to hear when your springs are wearing down. They are supposed to help keep everything in place and shouldn’t typically make noise unless they are beginning to wear down. If your car is making any unnecessary or unusual noises it is essential to get it into a trained mechanic to diagnose the problem.
General wear from impact and old age can cause springs to wear out, but it can also be caused by issues with your alignment. Springs hold your vehicle’s weight, so it is natural that they would begin to break down from the pressure. They are also placed in a way that can hold onto water from rain or from puddles in the road, so they can begin to rust and corrode with excess water. Pieces of the coil may break off over time, so it is important to keep an eye out for potential symptoms of damage before they get worse.
At European Service Center, we are your auto experts for European vehicle repairs and maintenance. We know you value your car’s performance, and we want to help you keep your VW running in top condition.
We offer a variety of services for your VW, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, and more. We’ve been serving the areas around Atlanta, Alpharetta, Chamblee, Cumming, Norcross, Dunwoody, Buckhead, and Roswell, GA for over 40 years. Our technicians are continuously trained in the current technology involved in your vehicle. We use state-of-the art tools and equipment to ensure the best quality care for your European vehicle.
If you are noticing any of the above symptoms of broken rear springs, do not hesitate to call us to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members. We are happy to make an appointment at your convenience and will get you back on the road safely. We look forward to becoming your trusted European car service center.