Suspension & Steering Services
Your vehicle's steering and suspension system is responsible for your vehicle's stability while on the road. When the suspension and steering is aligned correctly you will experience a smooth and comfortable ride.
In addition to ride quality, having a healthy suspension ensures you will reduce tire wear which will save you money on tires.
Without the suspension, you would experience a very bumpy ride on the roads. But ride quality isn't the only thing you need to worry about. The suspension plays a key role in your vehicle's safety. You would have a much more difficult time handling your car with a poorly-performing suspension.
What are some signs of suspension problems?
- Experiencing a rough, bumpy ride
- Hearing noise when going over speed bumps or when hitting even small potholes
- Leaking fluid from the shocks
- Car rocks when you come into a corner
- The nose of the car dips when you apply brakes too hard
Its usually pretty easy to detect steering problems because you are so used to interacting with the steering wheel. Do not ignore any warnings with your steering. You need to always be able to maintain the maximum-level of control while driving. You should have your car's steering and suspension system tested regularly. Follow your owner's manual for service times.
What are some common warning signs of steering problems?
- The wheel is difficult to turn, especially in corners
- The steering wheel is vibrating a lot more than usual
- The steering wheel feels loose
- The car starts to pull to one side
- Power steering fluid is discolored
- Noises when turning the steering wheel
Shocks and Struts
Over time, the shocks and struts of the car, like any other part, will begin to wear and weaken. Worn or damaged shocks, struts or springs will eventually negatively affect the stability of your ride and will lead to increased tire wear.
Whether your car uses struts or separate springs and shocks, you will want to have them examined at a regular interval.
During our inspection, we check primarily for leaks and other damages. We conduct a thorough visual and technical inspection to make sure that the ride quality and safety of the car is not compromised.
The amount of wear and tear on the suspension will vary depending on the conditions and driving that you put your car through. Let's just say that if you enjoy off-roading every weekend, you can expect to replace these parts more often.
After all strut replacements, it is important to realign the wheels in order to ensure proper steering.
If you live in the suburbs like us, you probably have to commute in the rough Atlanta traffic every day. Over thousands of miles, the alignment of your vehicle's wheels are going to be affected. It is important to have properly aligned wheels to avoid having to constantly fight with the steering wheel due to the car veering to one side. There are a host of other problems that result from the wheels losing their alignment such as tire wear.
It is difficult to check if you need wheel alignment until you notice that the car is pulling to one side. This is why its important to have the suspension inspected thoroughly during your regular maintenance checkups.
You will notice some of these warning signs:
- Vehicle pulls to one side
- Tires have started to squeal
- The steering wheel looks crooked while your vehicle is driving in a straight line
- Tires are starting to wear out at an accelerate rate
Suspension System Inspection
During our inspection, we check for issues in key areas in order to see if your car needs any suspension maintenance or repairs.
- The front and rear ends of the vehicle
- Shocks and struts
- Coil springs
- Power steering and steering wheel visual inspection
- CV Joints
If you notice that the ride height of your vehicle is lower than before or uneven, then you should not overlook this warning sign. The height of a vehicle from the ground will affect tire wear and your handling. You can check your vehicle's correct ride height by consulting with manufacturer specs. Wear springs are usually the cause of a lower-than-normal ride height and are a sign that they will soon fail. Like many mechanical problems with cars, there will be warning signs. If you chose to avoid these, then you will likely face more complex and expensive repairs in the future.