Steering & Suspension Systems Repair in Ennis, TX
The function of your cars suspension and steering systems is to allow the wheels to move independently of the car, while keeping it “suspended” and stable. Any play or uncontrolled motion in these systems results in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. Vehicle alignment is closely tied to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.
The duty of the shock or strut is to dampen the spring movement in your suspension and keep your tires in contact with the surface of the road. If you took all the shocks off a vehicle (on a vehicle with 4 shocks) your car would ride as if you were on a waterbed. After each bump, you vehicle would bounce until gravity stopped the movement. Vehicles equipped with struts would not be capable of moving if the struts were removed.
On vehicles with struts, replacement of the strut cartridge, spring and bearing plate may need to be replaced.
Why is the Steering & Suspension Systems Service Recommended?
- Leaking hydraulic oil of the strut or shock unit(s). If a strut or shock is leaking, that indicates the internal seals have failed.
- Could also be recommended due to mileage of a vehicle: typically greater than 50k, struts or shocks should be replaced. Most units fail at this mileage in controlling the 1/8″ to 1/4″ of up and down motion of the tire. This amount of excess motion can wear tires irregularly, creating a loud tire noise.
- Extremely worn struts or shocks could also allow the vehicle to allow the vehicle to “roll” and “sway” through turns and will also dive when braking.
How Does the Steering & Suspension Systems Service Help?
- Restores or increases the original ride, handling and control to the vehicle.
Key Tip: For best results, replace after 50,000 miles.
Steering & Suspension Systems
Worn or loose components affect the ability to control the toe angle, and may result in a loss of directional stability and accelerated tire wear. The main components of a Conventional system are:
- Steering Gear Box (#1)
- Center Link (#2)
- Pitman Arm (#3)
- Idler Arm (#4)
- Tie Rods (#5)
Rack & Pinion Steering System
- Rack and Pinion Assembly (#6)
- Bellows Boots (#7)
- Tie Rods (#8)
Worn or loose components affect the suspension systems ability to control motion and alignment angles, resulting in a deterioration of vehicle handling and stability, and accelerated tire wear. The main components of the suspension system are:
- Control Arms (#9)
- Ball Joints (#10)
- Springs (Coil or Leaf) (#11)
- Shock Absorbers (#12)
- Struts (#13)