It is important to know how your car 'feels'. A lot of damage and many engine problems can be avoided if you are 'in tune' with your vehicle. A bumpy feeling when you are driving could be attributed to many different things from suspension problems to worn-out tires and even problems with your steering column.
Worn shocks are one of the chief reasons for a 'bumpy' feeling when you are driving. They can also cause the car to shake while driving, which could be an indication that the shocks or the struts are worn out. This causes tires to form bubbles or pockets where there should be tread and to wear the tread down considerably, in turn causing the vehicle to drive unevenly on the road.
Further problems related to tires and a bumpy ride would be if the tires are either overinflated or underinflated and when wheels are misaligned or not secured correctly. Due to any of these problems, over a period of time, it will be noticeable when you are driving your car, and the ride will certainly be bumpy and uneven. Tires that are worn out or overinflated or even unevenly inflated (different types of pressure in the tires, respectively) could cause a bumpy feeling when driving and could also cause other kinds of damage to the car.
With regard to your car's suspension, it is important to note that the correct suspension is what keeps the vehicle in contact with the road. When the suspension is faulty it is quite easy to notice a difference as there may be considerable bounce while the car is in motion, and even jarring when the vehicle goes over potholes or raised areas in the road. More often than not it is damaged shock absorbers or ball joints that cause the bouncing feeling.
Even the steering rack could cause bouncing in your vehicle if the rack bushings become loose. This can cause swaying and bouncing. To summarize, the four main reasons for your car bouncing or swaying are wheels that are not aligned, excessive or uneven wear on the tires, damaged struts and worn shock absorbers, or a loose steering linkage.
If you suspect that you need suspension repair, we invite you to bring your car into our shop today!