Smooth the Ride with Regular Service The large majority of the components on your vehicle are integrated into multiple systems of the car, meaning that small problems in one part of the car can lead to poor performance in other aspects of the way that the car drives. This fact is especially true when it comes to steering and suspensions. In addition to being integral in the comfort and control of your car, the suspension and steering on every vehicle is tied into the alignment of the tires. Without regular maintenance to these vital components, your tires can wear down prematurely, the smoothness of your ride will steadily decrease, and you will have a major safety issue on your hands. Procrastination should not be an option when it comes to having your steering and suspensions checked. This maintenance should be performed at least every 12 months in order to keep your car running at its best.
Many drivers will have these systems checked each time they have their tires aligned. Any worn components can be replaced before major problems develop. Steady and consistent care is often the difference between small jobs and large, expensive repairs when it comes to car maintenance. The steering and suspension systems on all vehicles are very complex systems that require careful tuning. Any number of small problems in any of the components can lead to problems. Some of the most common parts to be replaced include ball joints, sway bar links, rack and pinion units, and CV joints.
During routine inspections of the suspension, technicians look at very specific components that typically cause problems. They evaluate the shocks to determine if there are any leaks, the car is taken for a test drive to detect any excessive bouncing or swaying while turning, and the technician checks the tires for any type of excessive wear that might point to a problem.
The steering on the large majority of modern vehicles is powered by other components in the engine. Standard power steering works based on a pressurized pump that delivers fluid to assist in the turning motion. This fluid must be replaced, and the hoses moving the power-steering fluid through the engine can develop leaks. When steering systems are inspected, technicians regularly remove old fluid from the system, flush the system to rid it of any debris, and add new fluid according to the factory recommendations. Drivers should be sure to add both of these important aspects of vehicle maintenance to their annual schedule. If it has been more than 12 months since the job was last performed, then call, go online, or turn your wheels towards our auto repair shop today.