The Best Advice You Could Ever Get About Steering and Suspension
Steering and suspension. They’re separate systems that are usually spoken of together because they work in tandem to keep your vehicle under your control. Here’s what you need to know about these important structures.
The purpose of your steering and suspension systems
When you think about the word “suspension,” it’s not too hard to figure out what this system does in your vehicle. It supports the weight of your car, ensures a smooth ride, and makes your vehicle handle as it should.
The steering component provides directional control of your vehicle. It sets the direction for the suspension system.
Your steering and suspension are made up of:
- Control Arm.
- Ball Joints.
- Coil Springs.
- Steering Linkage.
- Sway Bar Links.
- Center Links.
- Idler Arms/Pitman Arms.
- Rack and Pinion Units.
- Tie Rod Ends/Sleeves.
- CV Joints/Boots.
- CV Axle Half Shafts.
- Shock Absorbers.
- MacPherson Struts/Cartridges.
- Universal Joints and Springs.
Having your steering and suspension inspected
Your day-to-day driving is enough to cause wear and tear on these two systems. All the elements that make up the steering and suspension will wear out over time.
The wear on the steering and suspension systems can have a negative effect on the way your car handles, cause your tires to wear more quickly and make your ride a whole lot less comfortable. Having your vehicle checked out by your trusted mechanic will ensure any issues are discovered before you end up stranded somewhere.
Frequency of steering and suspension inspection
Here are some general guidelines to follow for how often you should have your steering and suspension systems inspected.
- Most vehicle manufacturers recommend a check-up every 50,000 miles.
- Regardless of how many miles you’ve put on your car, the systems should be checked at least annually.
- Have things checked out when you get new tires.
- When your brakes are serviced.
- When you get an oil change (at least a visual inspection).
- If you notice any fluid leaking from your vehicle.
- Anytime your car is in the shop for routine maintenance.
- If you notice that your vehicle isn’t handling as well as it should.
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Failing steering and suspension systems can cause excessive wear on your tires, can cause poor alignment, and have negative effects on other vehicle systems.