Why is My Car Bouncing When I Drive?

Why is My Car Bouncing When I Drive?

My Car is Bouncing Up and Down, What Does it Mean?

Posted on 4/23/2021

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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! 

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Tires

Another reason you might experience excessive bouncing and jarring when driving is wheel misalignment. Additionally, underinflated tires can also cause the problem. The tires can develop blisters and bulges in places where treads existed. As time elapses, you'll start to experience significant bouncing, and that can lead to serious and complicated automotive issues.

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Transmission Problems 

Plenty of drivers tense up at the idea that their car may have a transmission problem. This is because replacing a vehicle’s transmission can be costly regarding both parts and labor. If you’re experiencing a bumpy ride while driving, your car’s transmission may be to blame. It’s best to have your vehicle looked at by a professional at the first sign of an issue to better avoid having to replace this essential vehicle component.

How its done:

Since there are many different issues that can result in your car having excessive bounce or sway, a mechanic will thoroughly inspect the vehicle to ensure that they find the root of the problem. Some of the culprits will be repairable, while others need to be replaced. If the mechanic determines that your vehicle is in need of a wheel alignment, then you will have to take your car to a shop, as mobile mechanics do not have the equipment necessary to perform alignments.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Wheels are not aligned: Wheel alignment is one of the most important facets of automobile maintenance. The purpose of wheel alignment is to set the angle of the wheels so that your car is optimally set for the road. If one or more of your wheels is misaligned, your wheels will be angled incorrectly, and your car will have a hard time driving in a straight line. It will sway in one direction, and when you try and straighten the wheel, you’ll experience bounce in the drive.

  • Excessive and uneven wear on the tires: As your tires wear, they change their size, shape, and angle. It’s relatively common for tires to wear unevenly on the inside of the tire, meaning that the tread on the outside of the tire is much thicker than that of the tread on the inside. This results in a tire that is tilted instead of standing up straight. This uneven wear has a similar effect to misaligned wheels, and results in a car that sways when it drives.

  • Loose steering linkage: Your steering system contains a lot of elements. The rack and pinion, which exists in almost all modern vehicles, is the most comment element of the steering linkage to cause excessive bounce and sway in your car. If the rack bushings become either too loose or too stiff (such as if they get stuck), your car will sway or bounce. Other damage to the steering linkage can cause this problem as well, though the rack bushings are the most common culprit.

  • Damaged struts: The struts are a vital part of your vehicle’s suspension, and connect the wheels to the body of the car. They can be attached to both the front and the rear wheels, and they feature shock absorbers and coil springs. The shock absorbers are cylinders filled with gas or liquid, and a piston. When the wheels experience impact from the road, the shock that the car feels is limited by the shock absorbers, as the piston moves in the cylinder, and is met with resistance by the liquid or gas. The coil springs further serve to reduce the amount of shock that the body of the car is subject to. When the struts are damaged, loose, or stuck, your car is subject to the full force and impact of the road. This causes the car to bounce with every imperfection in the road, and sway as it loses contact with the road.

Suspension Problems

Your suspension is designed to keep your tires on the road and your ride relatively smooth. If there is ever any problem with your suspension, you will surely be able to feel it. Some signs that you’re likely dealing with a suspension problem include your car bouncing a lot before stopping, experiencing especially harsh impact when driving over potholes and bumps, or if you notice the vehicle leaning to one side. If you notice any of these issues, it’s time to get your springs checked out and the necessary repair or replacement work done.

We’re Here When You Need Us

If you’re experiencing a bouncing car, Mighty Auto Pro is here to fix it. We’ll help you diagnose the issue and get you back on the road with a smoother, safer, more comfortable ride. Call or contact us today to schedule vehicle service in Medina, OH.

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