5 Signs Your Chassis Needs Repairing
Each part of your car is equally important as each other but there is one part that is probably the most crucial to the overall functioning and performance of the vehicle, the chassis. This is the frame that is positioned at the bottom of a vehicle and lends support to several parts present on the car's under-surface.
With time and obvious wear and tear, it is quite possible that the chassis might get damaged; recognising this is important, but not a very easy task. Here are 5 signs that could indicate your chassis needs repairing.
Increased Fuel Consumption
It is a good practice to keep track of your fuel consumption on a weekly or a monthly basis. Not only does this help you keep track of your expenses for a specific period, it also keeps you informed about how well your car is performing. If you notice your car consuming more fuel than normal, have it checked up by an auto mechanic. This is because the chassis might have got damaged; there could be some other reasons as well for the poor fuel-efficiency of the vehicle.
Should you happen to notice an unfamiliar noise when the car is in its motion, it could indicate different things ‚Äì exhaust pipe expansion or a separation of the substrate of the catalytic converter from the base. However, abnormal sounds also result when there is clunking of the chassis; and if left unattended, this can put a lot of pressure on the chassis and cause it to damage further to a state beyond repair.
When a car has been a victim of poor handling, it does not respond very well to a steering manoeuvre – and you need to keep moving the steering wheel to ensure your car moves along a straight line. The way the weight of the car is distributed (rear-heavy or front-heavy) is an important factor that affects the handling of the vehicle however, this may also be a symptom of problems with the chassis. If you find the car twists with very little force, it could indicate that the chassis is weak and, unless you have this corrected, it can get terribly bent.
The steering is connected to the chassis, and any manoeuvre you perform with the steering results in a movement of the chassis. If you notice problems with your steering, it could indicate something is not quite right with the parts located in or around the chassis. Having this checked is necessary to identify if there are chassis problems.
Rapid Wearing Out of Tyres
The tyres and wheels are connected to the vehicle's frame through the chassis and suspension system. When all these components function correctly, the car travels in a smooth way and tyres do not wear out too much. However, if there is a problem with the car's chassis, it could lead to problems with alignment of the tyres and in turn, this can result in the tyres getting worn out much faster than expected. If you find this happening to your car tyres, have the chassis also checked out by a mechanic.
Although it is the least visible part of the car, the chassis is what provides the basic framework for its structure. Exposure to tough road conditions can cause damage of the chassis and unless you identify this early, you may need to replace the chassis ‚Äì an expensive and avoidable step. Watch out for these signs of a damaged chassis, so that you do not end up repenting later.
If you spot any of these issues and think that your car‚Äôs chassis needs repairing, then we here at SGH Bodyworks can help. Specialising in body repairs and mechanical repairs, with Mazda, Saab and Lotus vehicles as well as many other models, we can get your car looking its best in no time.