Car suspension and steering wheel repair services

Servicing the steering and suspension systems of a vehicle is not usually at the forefront of a car owner’s mind, however it’s an essential service that lends to the safety and comfort of your ride.

Keeping your steering and suspension system well-maintained allows for better control of the vehicle, enhances driving comfort, and decreases the risk of damage to other components of the vehicle.

The first signs of a faulty steering system

 

Since the steering system requires the synchronization of different parts, there are many signs of a faulty steering, including:

  • Loose steering, also called “free play”
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Knocking noise when hitting bumps
  • Difficulty in turning the wheel
  • Steering wheel vibration
  • Vehicle wanders or pulls to one side

When your steering system is failing, it may be caused by your pitman arms, idler arms, tie rods, ball joints, core housings, and more.

If you recognize any of the above, contact one of our experienced CFM NAPA Autopro technicians for a steering system service.

The first signs of a faulty suspension

 

The suspension parts of your vehicle is part of the chassis, which includes important systems such as the frame, the steering system, the tires and the wheels.

The main functions of the suspension system are supporting the weight of a vehicle, reducing the effect of shock forces, and maintaining a proper wheel alignment. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping, and stability.

As you can imagine, your suspension has a lot of joints and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer. These joints simply wear out over time. When a joint is worn, the suspension parts don’t fit together as tightly as they should.

Here are some common signs of suspension problems to look out for:

  • Uneven and premature tire wear
  • Excessive play
  • The front of the vehicle slumps when braking, bottoms out when accelerating
  • Visible damage

How often do you need to maintain your suspension and steering system?

 

The steering system is critical to the safe operation of your vehicle and a well-maintained system allows the driver a pleasant drive. No matter the type of steering system in your vehicle, the steering rack, tie rods, ball joints, and core housings should be inspected on a regular basis.

As for suspension maintenance, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s specifications. When well maintained, the suspension enhances passenger comfort and allows for proper road handling. A suspension that’s in good condition will increase the lifespan of your tires and ensure the steering system functions properly.

At CFM NAPA Autopro, we can increase the longevity of these components with regular steering and suspension maintenance. It’s important to address these problems early on to prevent damaging other parts that are attached to these components.

Your certified CFM NAPA Autopro technician can provide you with a preventive maintenance schedule specific to your car’s needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of suspension in a car?

The car’s suspension system is responsible for maintaining smooth control of the vehicle and provides a comfortable ride. It helps keep the tires on the ground by maximizing the friction between the road, allowing for good handling and steering ability. The car suspension system is critical for proper steering, stopping, and stability.

What are the signs of suspension problems?

Uneven and premature tire wear, visible damage to the suspension system, the vehicle slumping forward when braking, or bottoms out when accelerating are all signs of suspension problems. If you experience vibration in the steering wheel, faulty steering, or the vehicle is veering off to one side, this can also indicate issues with the suspension system.

How long does a car suspension last?

Most vehicle’s suspension system components need repairing after 80,000kms, however, this depends highly on the owner’s driving habits and what type of driving the car is used for. You can extend the life of your suspension system with a good maintenance routine.

How do you maintain the car’s suspension system?

Avoid potholes, hard brakes, and quick accelerations. Check the tire tread wear and tire pressure regularly, make sure the power steering fluid level is adequate, have all four wheels aligned and rotated periodically depending on vehicle use, and schedule maintenance at the first sign of suspension damage. Keeping up with regular maintenance of your vehicle allows your technician to identify any issues before they become costly replacements.

Does car suspension soften over time?

No, the car’s suspension system does not soften overtime but components do wear down and need to be replaced. The car’s suspension components, including the springs, struts, shock absorbers, bars, bushings, and joints, are extremely durable but can be damaged without proper care or due to aggressive driving.