You might not think much about your steering and suspension system, but it’s a really important part of keeping your car on the road. Spring Masters Auto has some information that can help you to keep your steering and suspension in the best condition for as long as possible.
What Does the Suspension System Do?
The steering part of the suspension system is straightforward: That’s the part that helps you to make sure your car goes where you want it to go. It starts with your steering wheel and includes the power steering pump, the rack and pinion steering gear, and power steering fluid.
The suspension system includes your shocks, struts, control arms, and more. This is the part of the entire system that helps to cushion the bumps and bounces that your car encounters as you drive. It also helps to keep the underside of your car suspended high enough that it doesn’t make contact with anything in the road or with the road itself.
How Can You Tell You Need Steering and Suspension Repair?
The next big question that car owners have is how they can tell that there’s something wrong with their steering or suspension. These symptoms are what you need to watch for:
- Pulling as you drive.
- A bouncy or rough ride.
- Wobbly steering.
- A steering wheel that is too stiff.
- The car is sitting lower than usual.
All of these issues should be a cause for concern. It’s important that you make note of anything that is different than usual while you’re driving your car. You might be tempted to think it’s nothing, but you’d be surprised. The experts at Spring Masters Auto can diagnose the problem quickly for you.
How Often Should You Get Your Steering and Suspension Inspected?
So, how often do you need to get your steering and suspension inspected? The really accurate answer can be found in your car’s owner’s manual. Most auto manufacturers set their recommendations at or around 50,000 miles, so that’s a good rule of thumb.
When you really need to get your vehicle inspected is when you notice that your car is handling differently than usual. That’s your sign that something has changed and that you might need steering and suspension repair before the problem gets worse.
If you’re not sure what’s happening with your suspension and steering system, give us a call at Spring Masters Auto in Stickney, IL. We’ll be happy to take a look and let you know exactly what we find.