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What are the Signs of Steering and Suspension Problems?

An issue with a component of your vehicle's steering and suspension system can cause difficulty steering and you may notice that your car rides are bumpier than usual. If you’re experiencing an issue such as bouncing heavily over speed bumps or uneven tire wear, it's important to have your vehicle inspected quickly. These issues can progress over time, the sooner you take care of the problem, the better. 

If you notice any of the following symptoms, there may be a problem with your vehicle’s steering and suspension system:

  • Bouncing heavily after driving over bumps or potholes
  • Difficulty steering
  • Leaking underneath car
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Vibrating vehicle
  • Vehicle nose dives while braking
  • Vehicle pulls to one side

If you are experiencing any of the issues above, it’s time to have your vehicle inspected by our experts. Be sure to note down anything you notice differently about your vehicle and relay this information to our staff during your visit. These symptoms will help us accurately diagnose and repair your vehicle.

The steering and suspension are part of a large system all housed by the chassis and work together to move your vehicle in a safe and manageable way. The steering wheel is controlled through the steering gear, the steering linkage, and the steering arm. These movements are transmitted to the wheels, helping to change the angle of the tires. This system needs to be kept in good condition in order to ensure your safety on the road and to protect the integrity of your vehicle’s chassis components, including the wheels. 

Since steering parts are often made from rubber and metal parts, natural wear occurs with the use of your vehicle over time. During a regular service visit at our shop, we typically inspect the bearing bushings and ball head and look for torn sleeves, knocked-out ball heads, and ball joints, which all must be replaced as soon as possible. The ball joints that connect the linkage parts wear out over time and may stop working. Damaged or warped tie rods must also be replaced to maintain a working system. 

If you suspect a problem with your vehicle’s steering and suspension system, bring your vehicle to the experts at Premier Automotive Service for an inspection today! 

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