Suspension and Steering
Your car's suspension system and steering system work together to help you control the direction and movement of your car. Issues with your suspension and/or steering is a serious safety issue. We can diagnose and fix any issue you may have with your car.
How Auto Suspension and Steering Works
In order to steer the car, the tires must make solid contact with the ground. Imagine trying to steer a car that is bouncing all over the road as it hits bumps and tries to corner. More than just making for a smooth and comfortable ride, these functions directly impact the safe operation of the vehicle and are checked each year as part of the Virginia state safety inspection.
Your car suspension system is meant to maximize the friction contact patch between the tires and the road surface, to provide steering stability with good handling and to ensure the comfort of the passengers. The suspension system is actually part of the chassis and includes:
- The frame - structural, load-carrying component that supports the car's engine and body, which are in turn supported by the suspension.
- The suspension system – components that supports weight, absorbs and dampens shock and helps maintain tire contact.
- The steering system - mechanism that enables the driver to guide and direct the vehicle.
- The tires and wheels - components that make vehicle motion possible by way of grip and/or friction with the road.
Maintaining Your Suspension and Steering Systems
Over time and use the components of the suspension and steering system become worn. Proper maintenance will help ensure maximum life of parts and safety.
Each car manufacturer recommends proper maintenance intervals that are listed in your owner’s manual. These items are also inspected during the annual Virginia Safety Inspection.
Common Signs of Suspension and Steering System Issues
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, bring your car in for inspection. If we identify and correct the issue early, we will save you money in the long run.
- Car leans or pulls in one direction
- No power steering
- Steering wheel vibrates
- Car feels like its bouncing loosely
- Hard to turn wheel
- Steering feels loose
- Noise when cornering
- Steering wheel jerks