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Steering & Suspension

The steering and suspension systems are key safety items on your vehicle.

Together they determine how your car rides and handles. The suspension maintains the relationship between the wheel and the body.

The suspension system interacts with the steering system to provide the vehicle control while driving. When the suspension system is working properly it helps to absorb the energy from irregularities from the road such as potholes and helps to maintain vehicle stability.

The steering system transmits your instructions from the steering wheel to the steering gear and other steering components to control the vehicle’s direction.

Road conditions and normal wear can take their toll on your vehicle’s steering and suspension and can throw the alignment settings out of specification. Ball joints, tie rods, steering arms, bushings and other suspension parts all wear out gradually over time. Springs begin to sag as age and mileage accumulate.

Regular checks are critical to maintain a safe vehicle. Have your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems checked regularly, at least once a year with a 4 way wheel alignment.

Shock absorbers and rear tire of a modern car, low-angle view

Recommended Service

  • Have your vehicle’s alignment inspected every year.
  • Always have a four-wheel alignment, whether it is a car, light truck or SUV.
  • The technician will make adjustments to the camber, caster, tow and thrust angle if needed.
  • Have the alignment checked at the first sign of abnormal tire wear or improper vehicle handling. If you experience pulling, uneven tire wear, noise and vibration while cornering or loss of control have the steering and suspension systems inspected to find the problem.

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