My car has around 87000 miles on it and has been through a tough time recently, driving down the road at a relative high speed of 70 miles / hour in the dark when all of a sudden the road changed from nice asphalt to deep ‘potholes’ and high bumps, violently shaking my car from left to right for a good while before I was able to slow down.
Immediately things felt different, my steering wheel turned lighter and more indirect and feels more “mushy” since. I also noticed when driving over bumps or in potholes I got much more play/feedback in my steering wheel.
And the car feels more “bumpy” while just regularly driving in a straight line.
I took it to a couple of shops and none found immediately anything wrong, however my car hasn’t driven the same ever since. It drives acceptable for a car, but not like it did before, so i can’t blame someone who hasn’t driven my car daily to notice.
I decided to have my front shocks replaced and those helped a lot with the feedback in my steering while driving over bumps and all.
However I feel some suspension parts are getting worn, but nothing is ‘loose’ or visibly damaged etc.
First problem is my alignment and steering wheel feel, I’ve had my alignment done 2 or 3 times after my front shocks were replaced. It never has been spot on like it was before, the last time I took it to someone they said, the alignment is perfect and spot on. But the car still drifts very easily to the right driving in a straight line over a straight road, tire pressure is fine, allegedly my tie rods are fine.
So I’m wondering if my springs need to be replaced as well?
I find my car bottoming out on new front shocks so ergo my concern.
According to my local guy my tie rods are fine, but I feel a slight play in them and more mushy feel so I might need to get them replaced as well.
Another concern that I have are my control arms, no play, no sound coming from them or anything.
Got it checked out by a certified dealership along with my tie rods, they found nothing wrong at the time.
I didn’t buy the car new at the time, so I have a hard time to know how it should feel like, and what kind of feedback or vibration is acceptable and what is not. I’m not sure if they absorbed much of the impact of the bad road or if the shocks and springs got the best of that.
So, I’m looking at new tie rods and springs.
New control arm right now? Not sure, I’m thinking about it for the future, maybe not immediately necessary
My rear shocks are starting to make a noise when driving over bumps from time to time, so they might need replacing too, not sure about the rear springs?
Also, is their a certain list of things to definitely check or replace after a certain mileage,
I’m thinking about this because someone told me to replace my timing belt after a certain mileage, I was wondering if other engine or suspension parts need replacing after X amount of miles?
Thanks in advance,