New Guy have a Diagnosing Suspension issue Question ?
Hi all, so I've owned an Xterra for about 6 years now, but I got mine shortly after my first kid was born, so many of the plans I had for it haven't been possible. However, I'm at the point in my life where I'm starting to have both the time and financial resources to start doing some work on the truck.
A suspension issue has lately raised its head, so that seemed like a good place to start, but I currently lack the expertise to correctly identify the issue and take the appropriate action. That's why I'm here.
Symptoms: The vehicle is a 2011 Xterra, 4WD, but not the pro4x model, about 70,000 miles, mostly city streets and highway, with some less developed roads. The past few months I feel like I've noticed more and more sway in the vehicle. It feels like it sways more than in memory when turning at highway speeds. Additionally, I'm feeling bumps in the road more strongly. In memory, the truck used to have more of a bouncy response to larger bumps in the road, but feeling like it was held in place by the suspension. Now it feels like it hits them harder, with a bit of jostle as the vehicle settles on its own. It doesn't feel like it's held in place solidly. My other car is a Honda Fit, which rides obviously much differently, but there is an interesting contrast. When I first got the Xterra, the Fit had a harder ride, feeling most of the bumps in the road, but cornered much better (no duh). Now the Xterra has a similarly hard ride, and corners even worse than it used to.
So having laid this out, are there any tests I should do that could help further identify the source of the issue? There's some followup questions about the right replacement equipment, but that should probably wait until the issue is diagnosed.
Thanks for any help you can provide.